Fast growing bamboo plants
Shop our selection of the best fast growing bamboo plants, perfect for quickly creating a hedge or screen, or simply incorporating into the border to make the garden look established more rapidly. These bamboos typically grow 30-45cm+ taller per year, sometimes more under ideal conditions. Bamboos are valuable ornamental plants with attractive, lush evergreen foliage that can be used to add a tropical effect, style, movement and panache to any garden. Easy to grow and fully hardy, they have become increasingly popular and fashionable over recent years for a variety of settings. Bamboos can be divided into clump-forming and running varieties. Running bamboos such as Phyllostachys, Pleioblastus and Sasa spread by independent, horizontal underground stems from which aerial canes develop. It's not unusual for these underground stems to extend and shoot up another cane 60-80cm away from the original planting site. We recommend installing an impenetrable barrier around the designated growing area of running bamboo when planting, otherwise being prepared to root prune them at least once a year. In contrast, the root systems of clumping bamboos such as Fargesia spread more slowly, similar to ornamental grasses. Some Fargesia varieties will still grow taller rapidly, but their horizontal spread will be more controlled.