In recent years, bamboo has become very popular in the modern garden – both as a plant and as practical and attractive material for a range of garden furniture and accessories.
Give your garden some Zen
Bamboo is certainly a popular choice as a plant as it is a tall, leafy, fast-growing evergreen that can be used as screening and also to add a Zen character to a bare corner of the garden or an al fresco dining area. The important thing to do some good research to ensure that you buy the right variety of bamboo plant and to ensure that you get a variety with very limited growth. It is worth carefully monitoring your chosen bamboo as many varieties grow fast and furiously and will soon take over your chosen area – and more besides.
To achieve the same results without all the challenges of growing bamboo, many home owners plump for artificial bamboo, this ensures that their bamboo always looks its best and doesn’t make a takeover bid on your whole garden!
There are many other great ways to add style to your garden with bamboo:
Add a bamboo stick screen
You will see bamboo screens fixed to balconies on flats, across net fencing in front gardens and in corners to hide wheelie bins! Screens made from bamboo sticks are cheap, practical and provide both privacy and camouflage really well. Bamboo screens can be used to divide your garden into different areas such as a children’s play area and vegetable patch.
Screens made with long thick pieces of cane are an excellent way to disguise a plain garage wall. Simply attach securely to the bare wall and it will add a lovely informal character to an al fresco dining area – especially if it is decorated with hanging containers with colourful flowers and trailing plants plus a string of fairy lights.
Or edge your pathway
You can use rolls of short lengths of bamboo to decoratively edge your pathway and these can be easily obtained from local garden centres. If you enjoy DIY projects, you can cut large holes in the top of thick bamboo poles about one metre in length.. Place the bamboo at regular intervals along the path and feed white ‘nautical style’ rope through the holes to link the bamboo. This feature is a clever way to highlight garden steps too.
Make the bamboo a feature.
A really attractive way to transform a dull area in your garden is to build a raised flowerbed in the shape that suits the area and plant a real or artificial bamboo plant and a solar powered spotlight to highlight it at night – this design idea looks very attractive across a long bare wall or fence with three or four bamboos planted at regular intervals. Cover the soil with stones in your chosen colours and style (check out your garden centre for a great choice) and fix a solar powered light to highlight each bamboo. Alternatively, you can create an attractive reading corner with a backdrop of bamboo and an inviting looking seat! The easy-care solution to having live bamboo in your garden is to choose the perfect artificial bamboo plant – none of your friends need ever know!
Choose stylish bamboo furniture & accessories
Bamboo furniture is a great choice for your conservatory as well as your garden. Choosing some stylish bamboo furniture will enhance your garden. Most items are supplied unvarnished so that they will weather over time. If you would rather that your furniture does not, you will need to varnish it with a varnish suitable for external conditions. To keep the furniture looking good, regularly warm it with warm soapy water.
There is a good selection of bamboo chairs and low tables as well Japanese-style day beds. If you enjoy al fresco dining, a set comprising of bamboo table and chairs is perfect and can be complemented by a large bamboo sun umbrella, bamboo garden beacons andeven a set of bamboo coasters. You can develop the ‘bamboo theme’ with cushions and table mats in bamboo designs.
If you are planning a water feature for your garden, a bamboo water spout – ‘kakehi’- is a fun idea especially if matched with a stone basin (‘chozubachi’). This idea certainly creates interest even in limited spaces, such as on a balcony/verandah. Alternatively, you can create an interesting feature using a bamboo water spout for a stream or koi-filled pond. Other clever ideas include bird boxes and insect houses made from bamboo.
Get creative with bamboo in your garden!
There are some really clever ideas for your garden made with bamboo and these range from unusual side gates to melodic wind chimes and garden lights. Bamboo really is a versatile and natural resource – no wonder it is so popular!
If you have a vegetable garden, bamboo poles are perfect for making growing frames and teepees for your cucumbers, tomatoes and beans. If you enjoy growing fragrant sweet peas, passion flowers and other climbers, once again, bamboo poles are ideal for making a trellis for supporting the plants. Bamboo can also be used for creating bird feeders and plant holders. For great inspiration –
If you are looking for a new style for your garden that will set it apart from others, bamboo is the perfect answer as it is very eco-friendly. It is a really versatile material and whether you choose just a statement piece or a whole new theme, bamboo will definitely boost your garden design, in a lovely natural way. Unlike other materials, bamboo is easy to cut and is pliable and can be used for all types of DIY projects.
Bamboo is so trendy and affordable why not give your garden a boost in style this autumn?