Bamboo; Especially Sasa Palmata:


There are loads of bamboos on sale, some are lovely and some you wouldn’t inflict on your worst neighbour. The main problem with bamboos is their underground roots which once rooting away can be a real pain to deal with.


Any bamboo that says it’s a SASA avoid, it will escape and pop up everywhere.  If you buy any other, many will form clumps and be fine, but check with the seller and ask their advice before you plant them.  


Bamboos also hate the wind, so sheltered protected areas only for planting otherwise you’ll end up with a raggedy unsightly plant.  


Lastly pruning, don’t cut the tops to make it smaller it will look decapitated, thin out by pruning out at ground level unwanted stems, then using thick gloves strip the lower leaves off to get nice bamboo canes to look at.

We haven’t used ‘Sasa’ Bamboos in any of our small garden designs – but we do use lots of other plants that are much better (we think).

Why don’t you take a look