Three examples of beautiful Bamboo (Phyllostachys) for creating a natural screen

King and Co stock three sizes of Bamboo, all of which tend to form clumps rather than spreading out in our climate.

All of King and Co’s species of Bamboo can make a dense hedge, but require a significant amount of water after planting to stay alive. The Bamboo ‘Phyllostachys’ plants make a soothing rustling sound which is essential when forming a sensory garden.

Golden Bamboo

‘Phyllostachys Aurea’ is known as Golden Bamboo, due to its green to gold stems that hold striking bright green and lanceolate leaves that are held all year. Towards maturity, Golden Bamboo can reach a mature height of between 4-6 metres, with a mature spread of over 3 metres – making it excellent for screening. Phyllostachys Aurea are available at King and Co around 2.25 to 2.5 metres tall.

Phyllostachys Aurea, Golden Bamboo plant
Phyllostachys Aurea, Golden Bamboo

 

Black Bamboo

‘Phyllostachys Nigra’ (Black Bamboo) convert their stems from green to jet black in their second or third year of growth. It is important that Black Bamboo is grown in fertile, moist and well-drained soil – in addition to being protected from cold winds. This fast-growing bamboo is also available at King and Co at a size of 2.25 to 2.5 metres tall.

Phyllostachys Nigra, black bamboo plant
Phyllostachys Nigra, Black Bamboo

 

Spectabilis Bamboo

A third Bamboo that King and Co stock which forms an excellent screen is ‘Phyllostachys Aurea Spectabilis’ which instead of black stems like ‘Phyllostachys Nigra’ and green to golden stems like ‘Phyllostachys Aurea’, actually produce stout yellow canes, with green grooves forming a stripy effect. Like all three species, this Bamboo has green, lance shaped, leaves all year round, growing in clumps in our cooler UK climate. Again, ‘Phyllostachys Aurea Spectabilis’ are stocked at 2.25 to 2.5m tall.

Phyllostachys Aurea Spectabilis bamboo plant
Phyllostachys Aurea Spectabilis, Bamboo

 

 

Further Reading:

Bamboo Screening Trees and Hedge Plants 

Bamboo Advice – RHS