14 Nov 2011
They should put bamboo here. Suburban St. Louis. This shopping center has huge south-facing brick walls and this raised planter perfect for bamboo. Instead they put tiny shrubs here that probably bake in the summer heat. A nice, tall bamboo would not only cover up some of the walls and make this area more attractive, it would cool it down substantially too. This could even make a nice shady employee “break” area. If there are security concerns about having a “hidden” area in the front of the store, just reorient one of the many security cameras already in place.
This shopping center has several of these planters, but I’m not sure if all of them would be appropriate for a tall bamboo. This one certainly would.
29 Aug 2011
They did put bamboo here. St. Louis, Missouri (near Grand and Olive). There’s no chance of this bamboo escaping, surrounded by a parking lot and the building, so this is a great spot for bamboo. The greenery is very welcome as this corner is probably a heat trap. The plant is doing well although it could use some water, and might need some thinning — it’s pretty congested in there. This is “Yellow Groove” bamboo, Phyllostachys aureosulcata, the most common bamboo in the St. Louis area.
20 Mar 2011
The should put bamboo here, maybe. Suburban St. Louis, Missouri. This large retaining wall is about 15’ high or so, and although it’s attractive as far as retaining walls go, it’s still a huge wall. A tall Phyllostachys species would not only shade the wall cooling this corner, but provide a lot of needed greenery. Eventually it would be visible above the retaining wall too, blocking the view of the parking lot and the roof of the commercial building it surrounds.
There is one question though: I’m not sure if the retaining wall has any drainage “mechanism” at the base of the wall that the bamboo rhizomes could interfere with. If not, then my “maybe” rating goes away, and plant that bamboo!
05 Jan 2011
They should not have put bamboo here, at least not in the ground or not without some yearly maintenence. Clackamas county, Oregon (near Portland). The person who planted this bamboo at least 20 years ago thought that the concrete would stop the spread of this running bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica). They probably had no issues for many years, but now the rhizomes have spread under 20 feet of solid concrete patio and the bamboo has spread into the garden. As you can see it’s also put up some shoots in the crack between the patio and house foundation, probably pushing through a rotten door sill, and is growing between the two doors.
If they really wanted bamboo here they should have used a spade to rhizome prune (cut the underground rhizomes) around the edge of the planting hole once or twice a year. That would have kept the rhizomes from spreading outside of the planting area (they might have needed a slightly larger planting area though). They could have also planted in a large pot.
Photo submitted by ShmuBamboo, Clackamas Co., OR
01 Jan 2011
They should put bamboo here… maybe. Suburban St. Louis. This strip of pea gravel between the median wall of the highway and the retaining wall of the elevated road I’m standing on seems an ideal spot for some sort of bamboo at first look. Thinking about it a little more, there are some issues that need to be considered. First, I’m not sure what sort of soil is under the gravel, or if there even is any. It may be packed roadbase material, concrete, or something else. I’m thinking that they put the decorative gravel there to cover bare soil though, so let’s assume that’s the case.
The other side of the road I’m standing on is residential, so a nice tall species would be ideal for noise abatement and visual screening. Since this is right next to the highway though, a taller species might not be appropriate since the culms could bend over into the traffic lanes when weighed down by snow, ice, or even a heavy rain. Therefore a species that gets only 7’ tall or less would be better.
The other potential issue is litter. I don’t know if they have crews that pick up trash from this area a few times of year, but having plants here would definitely make that more difficult or impossible. But the plants would hide any trash that did make it in here, so maybe that’s not an issue.
It just seems like a strip of green would really make this nicer to look at, and would help cool this heat trap in the summer.
22 Dec 2010
They should put bamboo here — maybe. It’s a strip of bare ground between a highway and houses (the houses are out of the photo to the right) in suburban St. Louis. Although the bamboo would screen the highway both visually and audibly, containment might become an issue in the future. There’s plenty of space for mowing to knock down shoots that come up where unwanted, but I’m not sure if there are underground utilities in this area. It appears to be a good spot for bamboo, but more research is needed.
19 Dec 2010
They should put bamboo here, in front of retail space in suburban St. Louis. A large, 5’ tall planter so containment is not an issue, but they plant 8” tall shrubs and 2 small trees? The scale is wrong! Bamboo would look so much better, and would really shade this south-facing wall in summer too.
17 Dec 2010
What is this blog about?
I’m a gardener and am obsessed with bamboo. I grow many types of bamboo, read about it, and think about it all the time. (Well, not all of the time, but a lot.) It doesn’t really matter where I am, if I see a spot that looks ideal for some beautiful, vigorous greenery I think “they should put bamboo here”.
This blog is where I will record all of these potential bamboo plantings.
Unfortunately, sometimes bamboo was planted where it shouldn’t have been and I think “they should NOT have planted bamboo here”. I’ll also be looking at those places in this blog.
Finally, I’ll post photos of spots that are not only ideal for bamboo, but they already have bamboo planted in them. This is my favorite type of spot!