|June 2012: Level of screening.|
We spent some time researching all the different kinds of bamboo before we bought. There are many, many different varieties. We researched what varieties other people in Colorado had tried. Finally, we bought most of our bamboo from an online dealer, Lewis Bamboo: Rubro and Spectabilis varieties, to be exact. From the local nursery we also picked up Yellow Grove and Bissetii. All of these bamboos are running, not clumping; and choosing these running bamboos was intentional: we wanted to fill the planter as densely as possible. And we hoped - no, we hope (still) - it will not be able to escape the 24" deep planter. Lewis Bamboo's website has a lot of information about bamboo that ultimately made us feel like we would be able to control its spread, in the event that it does escape. (Nonetheless, I would strongly urge anyone planning on planting bamboo to research barrier methods and plan your strategy before planting.) In our situation, the bamboo is also planted on a corner, so if it does manage to escape the planter, it will be forced to escape across the street AND across the right of way before it invades the neighbors. Oh, yes, and there's the fact that bamboo is NOT a native species for good reason. It's survival here in Colorado is dependent on a variable over which we have A LOT of control: water.
|A water tube feeds the bamboo daily in the summer. |
In the winter, we water it with the hose when the temperature gets into the 80s.
|Shortly after planting bamboo in June 2011|
|This year the bamboo is much more evenly dispersed.|
There are also a lot of plant pots to distract your eye, no? I'm sneaky like that.
|There are 12" tall blueberry bushes in the pots. They hardly move in the wind.|
The bamboo behind it is bending like crazy.
Another unexpected pleasure is the beauty of the leaves, not just the culms. Some of the leaves on the Spectabilis have these amazing stripes that I've never seen on any kind of plant before.
Occasionally, the yellow Spectabilis culms have a green stripe in them as well.
Really fun. The Spectabilis wins for beauty out of all the bamboo types we planted.
Next update next year! (Since I seem to be a wee bit obsessed.)
Also, the deck, the planter.
The third season here.
4th Growing Season (not so good, no post exists)
5th Growing Season