Why Bamboo

Improve your quality of life in your own backyard with more privacy, cleaner air, restful shade and instant greenery. Walk out into a beautiful oasis of tropical, lush greenery and breathe deep, knowing that it is yours to enjoy. 

Bamboo is a very unique and often misunderstood plant. Many people still have the idea that all bamboo is invasive, when in fact, there are two separate types of bamboo. Running bamboo, and Clumping, non-invasive bamboo.

Running bamboo spreads from an underground rhizome which travel in unpredictable directions and up to as much as 6 metres in length underground per rhizome. Shoots will grow through the surface at varying intervals along the length of that rhizome to form the culms. Running bamboo then send off further rhizomes from each current rhizome, again spreading up to 6 mtrs in any direction beyond the original plant - producing the running bamboo grove. Think of this like an underground web of rhizomes that don't have a spacial limit. On acreage, running bamboo can be a beautiful and extremely useful plant, but when planted in the wrong application, like modern day suburbia, running bamboo can become invasive and problematic when not contained in a pot.

Clumping bamboo however, produce short, individual rhizomes that grow out of the soil as shoots and then grow into individual culms (bamboo poles), forming a 'clump' of culms. The growing tip of the bamboo shoots is very shallow and near the surface, and can physically only produce one culm per rhizome. Clumping bamboo cannot physically run and will 'stay put' in the clump where you plant the original bamboo - very similar to how a Golden Cane Palm looks. However, clumping bamboo species vary in size and can naturally form a clump of half a metre round diameter or in some larger species, up to 4m round diameter - making it essential you get advice in choosing the correct bamboo for your needs. A great analogy for this is purchasing a Chihuahua dog or a Great Dane dog, they both have a certain 'size' they will stop growing at but this differs greatly - making it essential you chose the correct sized dog for the space you have! 


With our blocks being sold smaller and our buildings being built taller, privacy is fast becoming an absolute necessity. 

There are loads of unsightly and expensive fences, walls, trellises and others sorts of options out there, but often they just decrease the ambience of your outdoor space and create even more of a boxed in feeling. A natural, living privacy screen is fast becoming the most coveted resource there is.

This is where clumping bamboo is fantastic! It is the most popular choice for anyone wanting to enjoy a "Hedge in a Hurry" to block out neighbours, buildings or fences within narrow garden beds, or to simply have their gardens stand out, feel fuller, lusher and much more enjoyable. And not to mention, instant privacy!

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you have on clumping or running bamboo. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are trained in species identification, selection & best uses for all species of bamboo, and can help find which bamboo is perfect for you. And they know all the right questions to ask to make this an easy task!

Benefits of using Bamboo in your Garden:

  • Clumping bamboo have shallow, non invasive root systems
  • Clumping bamboo is the fastest growing land plant, and is the fastest way to gain privacy
  • Clumping bamboo make great windbreaks, noise barriers and privacy screens
  • Certain species of clumping bamboo can be grown in pots, troughs or raised garden beds if necessary
  • Clumping bamboo can be planted any time of the year, with the exception of winter if you get frost
  • Clumping bamboo is a drought tolerant plant once established
  • Some clumping bamboo species can be planted in narrow widths of 40cm for an upright, narrow and effective screen
  • Clumping bamboo can be trimmed, hedged, cleaned out or sculptured for a more desirable featured look
  • Clumping bamboo comes in many beautiful and intriguing shapes, colours and sizes
  • Clumping bamboo is extremely useful for soil stability on dam walls and river banks
  • Clumping bamboo can cool your yard by up to 8 degrees in the heat of summer
  • Clumping bamboo purifies your air up to 3 times more effectively then other plants
  • Clumping bamboo is extremely useful! The cut poles are used for building, furniture and craftwork; the edible shoots used for delicious asian style cooking and the pulp fibre used to create luxurious material for clothing, bedding and more. View our unique Giftshop to buy all things made from bamboo.