This bamboo is one of the most commonly grown of all bamboos today - and often planted in totally unsuitable locations, because of its size. Not only does it grow to around 15 feet, but its habit is to lean outwards. Its a Phyllostachys 'nigra', popularly known as the 'Black Bamboo'. This genus is also easy to divide with a strong spade - so we have lots of it in the garden. I trim off most of the side shoots preventing it casting too much of a shadow and showing off its black stems. It takes its place well, growing between the 8 foot high stones in the 'Celtic circle'.
Another commonly grown Phyllostachys, which also needs a lot of room. Again I trim off the side shoots (when I get around to it) because it shows off the colour of the stems. This is the bamboo which supplies our own runner bean canes. We use some bamboos alongside paths. The mulcher stops them spreading onto the path , and there is no need for any weeding whatsoever. In some parts of the garden, where bamboos are planted both sides, there is a real 'jungly' atmosphere. Be no surprise to see monkeys appearing if climate change raises our temperature much more.