Bamboo Recommendations For The Pacific Northwest
When it comes to bamboo, the majority of people immediately fear a plant that will take over their garden and spread into their neighbor’s property. Although this misconception may be true (depending on the species), it has almost become common knowledge that all bamboo is invasive. This is due to the fact that many of us are just simply misinformed. You never hear about the bamboo that behaves and does not spread.
To the surprise of many, there are hundreds of species of bamboo that grow in a non-invasive manner. Now you know. But doesn’t bamboo grow in tropical places only? Not entirely true. Half the entire species of bamboo actually do not grow in tropical places. Many grow in much colder environments such as higher altitude mountain ranges. Now you know even more. Keep reading...
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have a fairly mild climate for the most part. We can sometimes get the unexpected cold freeze or we can get a hot heat spell. We may have an area with too much sunlight or too much shade. Finding a suitable bamboo can be somewhat challenging.
The good news is that there are many bamboos that are non-invasive and can thrive in all of the above situations. Although there are too many to cover in one article, we will showcase just a few that are very suitable for gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Each has their own unique physical characteristics. All of the below mentioned bamboos are tolerant of full sun or shade. They grow naturally in colder environments so they can withstand even our coldest winters. Most importantly, they are non-invasive and low maintenance.