But sometimes you don't want to wait even one season to block off an unsightly object or create that tropical paradise look. In that case, starting off with a larger plant like those in 15- or 30-gallon containers is the way to go.
In the photo below, Tim is standing next to some of our 15-gallon and 30-gallon Graceful plants. Like all our bamboos, Graceful is also available in 3-gal and 7-gal containers.
|Our son Timmy is almost 6' tall. These 15- and 30-gal Graceful Bamboos are between 15' and 18' tall. Graceful can grow 20-25 feet with 1¼" diameter canes. |
Graceful is a very handsome plant with a soft, gentle look that is never overpowering. It is an excellent choice for narrow spaces or smaller yards because of its upright growth pattern. Proven to be one of our most popular bamboos, Graceful works well in city as well as country settings.
Below are some of the attributes that make Graceful so popular:
- It isn't too tall or too short (grows 20-25 feet).
- It has the right amount of leaves - not too many or too few.
- It is very cold hardy (down to about 18 degrees).
- It is an upright grower with a small footprint, which makes it ideal for landscapes with limited planting beds.
- New shoots come up very close to the previous year's canes, which gives Graceful a tight, compact appearance.
Below are some posting about Graceful including those sent by customers like Ken (below) who planted Graceful in their yard to provide a quick-growing hedge:
Ken, a customer from Tampa, emailed to say how pleased he is with the screen provided by the 9 Graceful bamboos he installed in August 2009. Eager to create a tall, dense screen to hide a noisy A/C unit and provide privacy from neighbors, Ken decided to purchase 7-gal size Gracefuls instead of 3-gal size plants. Bamboos in larger containers have bigger root systems, which can support more culms as well as larger diameter and taller canes.
Sherry and Ralph,
It has been almost a year since we installed the Graceful bamboo I purchased from you. I have enclosed pictures showing the transformation in just 1 year! We are very pleased with the outcome.
|Three 7-gal Gracefuls were planted about 4' apart in front of a noisy A/C unit|
|The remaining six Gracefuls, also planted about 4' apart, bordered the fence. Note the narrow planting bed in both pictures.|
One Year Later
July 31, 2010
|Where is that annoying A/C unit???|
|And the fence...What fence? It must be behind there somewhere...|
|One more view of the entire fence line, including the now-hidden A/C unit|
Another customer writes to ask which bamboo would be best to create a screen in a 6' wide space:
Hello Sherry, I am working on a project in which the homeowner found your website and loves bamboo. She wants to use it along a chain link fence to block the neighbors unsightly landscape, the width between the chain link fence and the house is only 6 ft wide, she would still like to use the area as a pathway from the front of the house to the back yard. Which variety do you recommend to use? The length of the fence to cover is 40 ft. How much would you recommend to use for this length as well?
I would suggest Graceful, a very upright growing clumping bamboo. In a 40' length she would need anywhere from 4 to 10 plants depending on how quickly she wants to form a solid hedge. If she went with 3-gal size plants planted 4' apart in enriched, irrigated soil the fenceline will be completely blocked by the end of the summer. If she went 8' to 10' apart, it would take two to three years worth of growth before a solid hedge formed. Graceful is a delicate looking bamboo with canes a bit over 1" in diameter that will grow about 25' tall at maturity. By the end of summer expect the 3-gal plants, which are now about 6' to 8' tall, to just about double in height.
|After only one growing season, these two Graceful bamboos planted 4' apart are now touching. When first planted, each bamboo only had one cane and were half as tall as they are now.|
Transporting large containers of Graceful:
Customers often wonder how to get the bamboo they want to buy home. Although they have the option of having us deliver their purchases to them, they can often save time and money by fitting the bamboo into their own cars, vans, station wagons, trucks or trailers.
(Remember to bring along some old sheets, blankets and tie-downs when you schedule your visit to Beautiful Bamboo)
Repeat customers Matt and Kelly really wanted an instant look in their landscape and when Kelly saw our selection of 15-gallon Graceful clumping bamboos she knew that was just the plant she was looking for.
|Ralph and our grandson Atom pose in front of some 15- and 30-gallon Graceful bamboos|
But would a 20+ foot tall, multi-caned plant fit into their station wagon? Not a problem! After a few of the taller shoots were snipped off to a 14' height and all the canes were tied together, the plant was ready to be gently slipped into the back of the wagon.
But at 14', the canes were still too long to fit completely inside the car.
Solution: Open the passenger side window and let the canes stick out.
With leaves secured by blankets and straps and anchored to the front grill work, the bamboo was ready for the 45-minute drive home.
Instant privacy and beauty ready to go!
Amazing 'Before and After' pictures
I received this email from customers in the Orlando area who bought Seabreeze and Graceful clumping bamboos from us in 2008 to shield their backyard from a neighbor's home that was being built right along their fence line.
We are happy with how much our bamboo has grown these past 2 years. It gives us the privacy, beauty and serenity we were looking for.
Attached is a recent photo and another photo from planting 2 years ago along with a photo prior to planting. Such an improvement! Sorry it took so long to send - 3 kids will keep you busy.
We are really enjoying the pool and our view. It is really relaxing and we now spend lots of time outside.
Hope all is well. Happy Mother's Day!
Lisa and Wes
Above: Before planting - a new house is being built next door
Below: Right after planting - the new house is looming larger but the bamboo is in the ground right along the fence line.
Below: Two Years Later - you can't even tell that the neighbor's house is there. The bamboo hedge completely hides the neighboring building while adding beauty and a tropical feel to the backyard.
Another 'Before and After' view of Graceful Bamboo
A customer who bought two different types of clumping bamboo in May wrote to say how well their bamboo is growing:
Aloha Sherry and Ralph - Six months ago I bought a 30 gallon Textilis Mutabilis from your amazing collection. This Emerald has generated 26 new canes already. I enriched the planting bed with 30 bags of Black Kow, peat and organic soils mixed together,fertilized, plus watered faithfully every morning before work.
The two little sisters are Textilis Gracilis (Graceful); these two were only 3 gallon specimens and have produced 17 new canes each in the five month interval since they were planted!
My neighbors are thrilled with the unique tropical beauty of these upright, tight clumpers in our typically small suburban lawns. I'm looking forward to the privacy screen, shade and windblock/ noise barrier this living fence will create.
Thanks for your informative web site and blog. Kind regards, Freddy
|After planting in May - One Emerald on the left with two Gracefuls to the right|
|6 Months Later - the same Emerald with the 2 Gracefuls to the right|
|The same 6-month-old plants as seen from the opposite side|