Ivydene Gardens Bamboo Gallery: Introduction

Jungle Giants:-

"Michael Brisbane realised his passion while travelling in the Far East. In 1988 he acquired the company Jungle Giants from Michael Hirsh who had also started the British and European Bamboo Societies. The business has grown significantly, and it is now located just north of Ludlow in the beautiful Shropshire/Herefordshire borders. Our knowledge of bamboo makes us the first call for landscape architects, specifiers and garden designers, many of whom are well-known names in the media. Over the years the company has supplied bamboo to botanical gardens, both in this country and abroad, and most unusually to both Thailand and Malaysia. Exports have been as far north as Finland and Iceland. Most recently in 2009 and 2010, we exported a quantity of bamboo to Norway.


A genus of bamboo closely related to Fargesia, Thamnocalamus and Yushania. Borinda species are from the Himalayas, and can be found in Burma, Tibet, Vietnam and Yunnan province in China. Stunning in appearance with lush foliage and blue/green canes. Borinda offer the unique combination of great height with clumping form and non-invasive characteristics.



Chusquea is the genus native to the southern Americas, growing from Mexico to the Argentine. The stems are completely solid and the soft and fine leaves develop mainly on branches from the nodes.



A genus of clumping bamboos with delicate small leaves. The culms are often waxy and some have a blue-grey sheen. The forms can vary in hardiness but all contain some of the most beautiful and useful garden features for the temperate garden. All forms curl their leaves in strong light, but when shade arrives, they unfold again into their full beauty. They all look superb and are better planted in shady places out of cold winds.


A genus of clumping bamboos with delicate small leaves. The culms are often waxy and some have a blue-grey sheen. The forms can vary in hardiness but all contain some of the most beautiful and useful garden features for the temperate garden. All forms curl their leaves in strong light, but when shade arrives, they unfold again into their full beauty. They all look superb and are better planted in shady places out of cold winds.



The Fargesia genus is extremely well suited to the climate of northern Europe as it is very hardy and reliable. All are clumping, well behaved and lend themselves to hedging and screening.


They originate from high altitudes in China across Burma and the Himalayas. In general, they are forest floor plants good for semi-shade and shade positions. Full of flowing, weeping foliage moving in the wind, glazed in winter and a green abundance in summer. An excellent host for bird life and useful for growing in containers.



This popular genus provides a large selection of differing stem colours, diameters and heights, useful to gardeners, designers, landscapers and architects. They are architecture in themselves.



Not a large family but known for its straight culms and in some members for their leaf colouring. Japonica is very hardy. It is excellent for hedging and screening.


X Hibanobambusa

It is a bi-generic cross that was found after two bamboos had flowered at the same time in the same location - a great rarity even in the most wild situation. The parents were a Sasa and a Phyllostachys. The garden qualities of X Hibanobambusa are effective and unique in colour and form. The form Shiroshima has some of the largest and most brightly variegated evergreen leaves available to the gardener.



Recognised by its tall and generally upright stature, this bamboo genus is native to Japan and China. Possessing the features of two other genus, Phyllostachys and Pleioblastus, it is thought to have been a generic cross of these bamboos.



A large group of dwarf size bamboos, often with little variation between them. The large Sasa have a bold, almost jungle-like effect. Slow to establish., once in the garden they all love to dominate. Looking great in pots, they will persist in finding a way to spread, creeping up and over, under and through. So it is a matter of loving them and taking your chances. Bamboos with attitude here!



They are a lovely bunch with graceful habits. With mostly dark green culms, these are fine bamboos. There is one, Pitt White that was propagated from Devon so in one sense this is a local boy. They are hardy and can be happy in a woodland situation.



A hardy genus of large leaved bamboos. Thin culms and rather large, strong leaves makes a plant that is good for ground cover. Culms in some of the family are arched and delicate which makes them suitable for containers.



An ornamental bamboo used for different purposes ranging from walking stick, mat weaving, and papermaking to harvesting the young shoots to eat. The culms can range from light yellowish brown, brown, green and to yellowish green. The whole family is delightfully decorative. Nice to have around the garden and still very recent to our lands.



Here are some handsome bamboos from the far Himalayan mountains. Many will withstand several degrees of frost. Given some shelter in a mild position with good air humidity, these bamboos grow into graceful plants. With very small, thin leaves and multiple branches of uniform size which together in groups give a pompon silhouette, this bamboo can grow fast even in its first year. Altogether nice plants."

Bamboos by Christine Recht and Max F. Wetterwald (ISBN 0 7134 7072 0) provides the following:

  • morphology and structure
  • characteristics of the major genera
  • species and cultivars for the garden
  • planting and cultivation (especially in controlling growth)
  • uses in garden design
  • container growing and
  • problems in cultivation

There are further details of bamboos in the Bamboo Page of the Plants Section, from the nursery Jungle Giants , Growing Bamboo Successfully , How to Shape Lucky Bamboo and some interesting Bamboo Facts:-

"It is stronger than mild steel and used for many construction ventures throughout Asia and the world. It is also the fastest growing plant and releases 35% more oxygen than a similar sized grove of trees. It provides food, income and housing to over 2.2 billion people.

Bamboo is not a tree, it is the largest true grass of the family Phocaea which contains most grasses.

Bamboo can be made into usable biofuels such as diesel, ethanol and charcoal.  

The fastest growing bamboo can grow four feet in a day.

A suspension bridge on the river in China is 250 yard long, 9 foot wide and rests entirely on bamboo cables fastened over the water. It doesn't have a single nail or piece of iron in it.

In the 1992 quake in Limon, Costa Rica the only structures left standing were made from bamboo supports. This has been shown after many earthquakes.

Bamboo is a symbol for luck, but the Lucky Bamboo is actually a member of the Lily family.

No one can predict when a bamboo plant will flower, but when it does every single plant in that species will do it at the same time. Even if they are separated by continents."

This plant gallery has thumbnail pictures of canes in the following colours:-

This plant gallery has thumbnail pictures of bamboo foliage in the following colours:-


These gallery photographs were provided by Christine Foord and they were photographed by Christine and Ron Foord.


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Site Map of pages with content (o)

Introduction *

Other Colours

(o)Variegated White
Variegated Yellow


Flattened Spherical
Narrow Conical
Broad Conical
Broad Ovoid
Narrow Vase-shaped
Broad Fan-shaped
Narrow Weeping
Broad Weeping



Bamboo INDEX link to Bamboo Description Page

Cane Colour


Foliage Colour


Height x Spread in inches (cms)
(1 inch = 2.5 cms,
12 inches = 1 foot = 30 cms,
24 inches = 2 feet)



Fargesia murielae

Pea Green


Pea Green


144 x 48 (360 x 120)

Dense growth makes it suitable as a screen, hedge, windbreak, as a solitary specimen in the ground or in containers.

Fargesia murielae 'Simba'



Light Green


60 x 24
(150 x 60)

Use in a pot, or as low screening.

Fargesia nitida



Dark Green


108 x 230 (270 x 75)

Grow in wild garden, screen, hedge or in a large container.

Phyllostachys aurea

Golden in Full Sun,
Green in the Shade


Golden-Green in Full Sun, Pea Green in Shade


144 x indefinite (360 x indefinite)

One of the best clump-forming fast-growing forms in the UK. Dense growth is stiff and upright.

Grow in containers, as specimen plants, as a screen or hedge, or in groups amongst small shrubs in a border.

This plant has been misnamed because the stems will only go golden (aurea) if grown in full sun.

Phyllostachys nigra

Cream shoots in May, then Green, turn Black through the Summer in the 2nd or 3rd year.


Dark Green


144 x 96 (360 x 240)

Use as a solitary specimen in the lawn, in containers or as screening and hedging.

Pleioblastus simonii 'Variegatus'

Pale Green - White shoot tips.


Blue-Green with Cream stripes.


230 x 48
(75 x 120)

Ground cover use in rock garden or in a border. Very pretty potted plant. The canes are popular for basketry.

Pseudosasa japonica

Olive-Green fading quickly to pale Beige.


Dark Green, Grey-Green underneath and Yellow midribs.


240 x indefinite (600 x indefinite)

Bolt upright, arching at the top. The most widely planted bamboo. The foliage clings to the culm over many years. Invasive, so needs room to spread - control spreading growth by planting in 2 feet depth and width concrete lined trench. Tends to habit of flowering massively, taking several years to regain its former glory.

Grow in a deciduous woodland or wild garden, or as screening/ hedging (3 feet between each plant). When planted as a windbreak, the rustle of the leaves creates a soothing noise.

Sasa veitchii

Pale Green with White bloom, fading to pale Straw Colour


Dark Green. First cold snap creates White margins. Then the leaves become twisted and curled to provide a variegated effect.


48 x indefinite (120 x indefinite)

Invasive, so needs room to spread and use physical barriers. Valuable medium height ground cover plant and weed suppressor, whose pseudo-variegation is a winter bonus. Useful for stabilizing banks. Grow in big clumps for most impact, or as a small hedge.




Pale Green


156 x 48 (390 x 120)

Strong Clump-forming form, which grows to a thick bush. Use as a specimen or hedge plant.


Website Structure Explanation and User Guidelines


The Society was formed by Michael Hirsh in 1985, and was called The Bamboo Network. It amalgamated with other European societies in 1986, and was renamed The European Bamboo Network in order to differentiate it from the Australian Bamboo network. In 1989, the European Bamboo Network reverted to its former regional basis, and the British society was renamed The Bamboo Society (EBS Great Britain). The Society is affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society.

British Bamboo Society Conference from 20 May 2016 - 22 May 2016
A weekend of lectures and guided walks with a social evening and amphitheatre performance hosted at Trebah Garden

UK - Bamboos website contains everything you need to know about choosing the right bamboos for your garden from a large range of species together with cultural details.




The Bamboo Flora Gallery has 4319 photos of Bamboos.

The American Bamboo Society have 6026 photos of 498 varieties of Bamboo.

Bamboo Garden in America has 16 acres of garden with many different types of bamboo growing in it:- "We specialize in bamboos, both rare and common, at reasonable prices, serving retail, wholesale, and mail order markets. Bamboo Garden has been growing bamboo since 1980. Now, with over 300 bamboo varieties at our 20 acre farm near Portland, Oregon, we maintain the most diverse bamboo collection in the United States. We have a special interest in cold-hardy clumping bamboo and giant timber bamboo. Our informative website is a useful resource. Browse through the categories listed above for accurate descriptions and many high quality photos of our bamboo. We are confident we can provide the bamboo that best suits your needs, while sharing our knowledge so that you can make an informed decision. We provide bamboo for many commercial and residential landscapes throughout the United States."

Ivydene Horticultural Services logo with I design, construct and maintain private gardens. I also advise and teach you in your own garden. 01634 389677


Site design and content copyright ©January 2007. Page structure amended November 2012. Index structure changed and links from thumbnail to another bamboo page changed from adding that bamboo description page to changing page to that bamboo description page November 2015. Chris Garnons-Williams.

DISCLAIMER: Links to external sites are provided as a courtesy to visitors. Ivydene Horticultural Services are not responsible for the content and/or quality of external web sites linked from this site.  



Explanation of Structure of this Website with User Guidelines Page for those photo galleries with Photos
(of either ones I have taken myself or others which have been loaned only for use on this website from external sources)




when I do not have my own or ones from mail-order nursery photos , then from March 2016, if you want to start from the uppermost design levels through to your choice of cultivated and wildflower plants to change your Plant Selection Process then use the following galleries:-

  • Create and input all plants known by Amateur Gardening inserted into their Sanders' Encyclopaedia from their edition published in 1960 (originally published by them in 1895) into these
    • Stage 1 - Garden Style Index Gallery,
    • Stage 2 - Infill Plants Index Gallery being the only gallery from these 7 with photos (from Wikimedia Commons) ,
    • Stage 3 - All Plants Index Gallery with each plant species in its own Plant Type Page followed by choice from Stage 4a, 4b, 4c and/or 4d REMEMBERING THE CONSTRAINTS ON THE SELECTION FROM THE CHOICES MADE IN STAGES 1 AND 2
    • Stage 4a - 12 Bloom Colours per Month Index Gallery,
    • Stage 4b - 12 Foliage Colours per Month Index Gallery with
    • Stage 4c - Cultivation, Position, Use Index Gallery and
    • Stage 4d - Shape, Form Index Gallery
    • Unfortunately, if you want to have 100's of choices on selection of plants from 1000's of 1200 pixels wide by up to 16,300 pixels in length webpages, which you can jump to from almost any of the pages in these 7 galleries above, you have to put up with those links to those choices being on
      • the left topic menu table,
      • the header of the middle data table and on
      • the page/index menu table on the right of every page of those galleries.



I hope that you find that the information in this website is useful to you:-

I like reading and that is shown by the index in my Library, where I provide lists of books to take you between designing, maintaining or building a garden and the hierarchy of books on plants taking you from

There are the systems for choosing plants as shown in

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