The best green bamboo there is, Phyllostachys bissettii, or Bisset Bamboo, has risen in popularity in recent years as it is one of the easiest, cleanest and most straightforward of the genus.
It forms dense clumps, so is ideal for hedges or screening off – great for patio or barbecue areas for an exotic look, with a lovely rustling sound in a breeze.
Being vigorous and slowly invasive, it is best planted in large pots, or with plenty of space in lawns, but if you are planting near a wall or foundations, remember to use a physical barrier.
It weathers very well in hot summer or cold winter, its plain green look being simple yet classic. Remove lower leaves to show off the canes to their best.
Supplied as a 1L pot-grown plant, approx 60cm tall, ready to plant out.
Plant all year.
New 'culms' emerge in spring.