Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday, a day late

Bambusa-vulgaris-Vittata-Royal-Bot-Garden-Sydney-091227_04

4 comments:

  1. Nice, but I'm not sure that I would have used the underplanting. It seems like the branches start fairly low down on this bamboo, and you'd want to maximize the amount of bare culm you see for biggest visual impact.

    Maybe it's just me.

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  2. Alan, the branches start about 3-4 ft. up. I think they just wanted to hide the leaf litter, exposed rhizomes, etc. Personally, I'd have picked a finer-blade ornamental grass but the clivia miniate (or are those lilies?) are evergreen.

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  3. I agree with Alan that the current underplanting detracts. I would have gone with black Mondo grass, which is lower and I think the contrast would have really made the yellow culms pop. But where is it?

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  4. David, black mondo grass would have been genius! I'll try that myself at the base of the Bambusa textilis 'Mutabilis' I just planted.

    This photo was taken at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia. It's Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'.

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