Black Bamboo: Adelaide gardens get an exotic Makeover
Adelaide gardeners are turning to black bamboo to add a bit of spice to their beautiful gardens, since it is a complete showstopper. The Jungle in Willunga stocks Running Black Bamboo as well as a wide variety of other species of bamboo. It is the only exception to our ‘Clumping Only’ rule.
The reason Running Black is the best black bamboo for Adelaide gardens is because it tolerates our very cold winters well and has striking black canes to 4 metres. Clumping black bamboos do exist but they can’t handle our cold winters. Believe us – we’ve tried it! It doesn’t work. It looks fabulous grown in a large pot, preferably with an eastern or southern aspect. If you want to plant it in the garden, it is best to surround it with root barrier to restrict it’s area or grow it in a planter box. It likes moist, rich soil just like any other bamboo and can make a fantastic screen in a small garden.
Running Black Bamboo has beautiful black canes with the contrast of fine green leaves. It grows best in cool, damp places with morning sun and is perfect for our cold climate in South Australia.
It is an exquisite feature bamboo and looks fantastic as a screen in a small garden, in a courtyard or as as an ornamental pot plant. It is best to surround with root barrier if planting in the garden. 3-4 metres.