Holly Hedging

Considering the Aesthetic Black Caned Bamboos in the Garden

Bamboos may not be a strong favorite with a lot of homeowners who have no time for gardening as they do not have the right facts to appreciate the bamboo species. The image conjured in their minds on bamboo is the uncontrollable sprouting of root clumps that give an unkempt condition of the home.

Choices of variety

There is a good range of bamboo species to enhance the aesthetics of the home or garden without too much fuss. Those who are well versed with the bamboo species capitalize on the plant’s advantage such as planting them for screening and aesthetic purposes.

The bamboo species come in a variety of stem colors that run from yellow to black. The black caned bamboos are very unique and make a lovely screen in the garden as they gracefully move their tender branches and leaves.

Requirements for growth

Bamboos of any variety would need a certain amount of room to grow as the species can be rather bushy with the sprouting of clumps. They can erupt to neighboring soil if not kept in tight rein through proper maintenance. However, the black caned bamboos run rather shallowly and are easily unearthed with a gentle spade.

They grow easily through the small clump depending on the available soil condition. They flourish best in deep humus soil that is rich and moist compared to being planted in heavy clay soil. Bamboo plants grow much taller in the former than latter. Their growth can be very much contained in a bin or any sized container without impacting their height and general growth beauty.

Black bamboo plants prefer wetter soil conditions than their cousins of other colors as they dry out quickly in the wind. Many gardeners and green-thumb homeowners relish the joy of witnessing new spears sprouting in April with a record high of one foot in just one week.

Hedge option

The Bamboo species can be considered for hedging as they are usually planted for screening purposes. The black species add color to the environment with its black canes and green foliage as a graceful colored natural screen. Its gentle foliage sways with the gentle breeze to form some delightful movements that lend beauty to the garden.

Black caned bamboo hedging is favored by some homeowners over other types of hedging plant choices as the former has large and plentiful evergreen clumps that form an excellent hedge against intruders. The plant also provides lovely arching green canes that would turn blackish-brown as they mature; that is, after 2 years. Hence, it is a delightful sight in any garden to view this change.

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Enjoying the Best of Beech Hedging

Hedging is a great option to a fence without the metal pieces. One of the more popular hedging plants is the beech species. Beech hedging offers two species: green and purple leaf beech.

Beech plants can be sourced at reputable and established nurseries which can advise on the best soil and care to ensure a healthy flourishing of beech hedging.

Basic information

The beech plant is commonly known as an English hedge with green or purple foliage. The color of the leaves may change according to the season. Beech plants are easy to grow and maintain. There is not much to do with beech hedging except an annual trim.

Beech plant is also known as Fagus. Its leaves are oval in shape that start off with a green color before turning to yellow and russet brown during autumn. The Fagus is known as a deciduous plant with a shedding of the leaves before budding up in February or March.

Beech plants can grow rather quickly to form the desired hedge in its second year of planting. Subsequent years may see a grater sprout which requires an annual trimming to keep the hedge tidy and nice.


A beech hedge is very versatile in its wants and needs. Its easy demeanour makes it a strong choice for hedging purposes. The soil should not be too wet to enjoy the best of beech hedging. The best feed for this hedging plant is bone and fish blood to encourage the healthy foliage and strong roots.

The Fagus species is very tolerant towards extreme acidic or alkaline soil. It also thrives very well in shallow soil with chalk. This deciduous plant can grow to be quite large with strong grey barks that can be quite smooth in texture. At its flowering season, one can enjoy some inconspicuous flowers which can bloom into spiny fruits.

Purple beech plants are favored by certain homeowners for their unique copper color foliage. The oval leaves have a wavy edge that is unique to behold. The new shoots of purple beech plants tend to change to a chocolate green color with small green flowers sprouting sometime in spring. This plant thrives best in the sun with moist soil that is well drained. With the optimal conditions, the beech can grow to a maximum of 15m if no trimming is performed.

Pots of beech can be placed 70cm apart to form a nice hedge when it is full grown.

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