Who doesn’t love the image of Asian jungles filled with tall bamboos? They evoke a feeling of peace and serenity. Luckily for you, multiple bamboo species are perfect for your garden. Give your outdoor space that unique and exotic touch with Tendercare's fast-growing, versatile bamboos, like the Fargesia of Phyllostachys. Whether your garden is large or small, formal or tropical, the bamboo will feel at home, even in our climate.
Bamboos for every garden
You don’t have to live in Asia to enjoy the perks of the special bamboo plant. Even here in the UK, bamboos can thrive easily. There are many different types of hardy bamboos in a nearly endless range of heights, thickness, colours and growing habits. Therefore you will always find a bamboo species that will match your needs. With its easy growth habits, bamboo can be grown in most conditions and soil types, as long as it is well-drained. Yet, most bamboo plants do prefer a spot in full sun. Bamboo will also prevent soil erosion since its roots will hold the soil firmly.
How to plant bamboos?
Ornamental bamboo succeeds in a garden when used as a focal point, hedge, border background or screen. When you’ve chosen a spot where you want the bamboos to shine, it’s important to plant them the right way. Spring is the best time to plant. Make sure you dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as its roots, so you leave enough space for them to establish and grow. Add some compost or manure to give the soil a nutrient boost. Fill the hole up with soil and tamp it down gently. Try not to damage the young stems. It’s important to mulch and water the new addition to your garden thoroughly.
Running or clumping bamboos
There are two main types of bamboo that we offer online: running and clumping bamboo plants. The difference is in their rooting characteristics and the way they spread. Running bamboos are monopodial and have long rhizomes, or underground stems, that are quick to spread horizontally. A ‘stem barrier’ is essential to prevent running bamboo from ‘running’. Clumping bamboos, on the other hand, spread slower and grow in a cluster. They are sympodial, which means they have shorter rhizomes that stay closer to their base. Because of its short root structure and tight cluster of culms, it is incapable of expanding rapidly. The Fargesia is an example of a clump-forming bamboo, and the Phyllostachys is a runner.
Buy bamboos for the garden at Tendercare
Add a bit of Asia to your garden with our beautiful, hardy bamboos. Please note that the plants in this category can be taken through a standard garden gate of at least 80-90 centimetres. Want to have a look at our bamboos in real life? Visit our plant nursery in Denham. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the plants we offer online.