Posted: 24/02/2017 at 11:03
Yes, you certainly to have quite a large job there Obelixx, but I can imagine you are relishing the outcome, the putting together of such a scheme. Just how high are your summer temperatures, I would imagine around 30, but with S/W winds to keep the air a little cooler. Are you close to the coast?
Having been to the GC today (different one this time), there was a choice of 5 or 6 varieties of Bamboo including black, which we decided would be too tall.,Those within our price bracket were Fargesia Murieliae and Fargesia Simba. Our area is mostly shady, but well drained heavy soil. We are pondering but not are not at the stage of purchasing just yet.
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Hi, GD. I bought a small Fargesia 'Rufa' from B&Q in 2012 for about £8. It's very well 'behaved'. It's footprint hasn't increased very much but the canopy is about 1.5m. I have read that they can grow to 3m tall when mature.
However, mine seems to be slow-growing if that's true. In the five years I've had it the spread was quite quick but it hasn't gained a lot of height, as you can see from the photo's below. it has a somewhat arching aspect, which for me is good because it's grown to cover the fence. It reached fence height in the first couple of years.
Apparently, Fargesia species are happy in shady conditions and need protection from afternoon sun and mine is East-facing and shaded on one side by my cherry laurel. So the growth has not been affected by its position.
I really like it, particularly the red of the culms as they grow. The first photo' is when I first planted it, the rest are all last summer.