Do you want to add a spark to your landscape? Want to grow something pretty as well as edible? Longing for a garden face lift?
We have the answer for you! Sacramento Garden Ideas for Spring
Check out the "bad-rap" plant! Bamboo can be grown in the ground or in a container, bamboo glows with bright green foliage and super texture--create privacy and evoke tranquility all in one superb plant. Taking full sun or half day sun, as well as freezing temperatures- bamboo is extremely hardy. Feed with nitrogen to keep green! 'Budda's belly' or 'Alphonse Karr' , the former grows to 6' in a container and up to 30' in the ground. The latter can be kept hedged at 8-10', if left on its own up to 15-30'. Both are clumping. Have you seen the 'Nigra' variety with the cool black stems?This striking bamboo grows to 4-8' when contained and 15-20' in the ground. It is a running bamboo, so its best to plant this one in a container! Another gorgeous bamboo is the 'Golden Goddess'- a clumper, growing to just 6-10ft wide it makes a perfect screen without pruning! To re-cap: In-the-ground bamboos grow fast and canes will reach their full height in short order...so go on, create that living privacy screen, create "walls" for a meditation space, beautify your spa area or give a lonely corner or entry way a new lease on life! Remember: if you plant one in a container, choose a full size pot- wide at top and bottom, as a wind gust can topple this plant relatively easily.
Bamboo Fact: What is the difference between clumping and running varieties? The latter means it produces new shoots via "runners" underground. You can plant a running variety in a pot, effectively controlling that runner! Conversely, clumping varieties simply send up new shoots from the clump of the plant.
A beautiful landscape in Northern California sometimes requires a little extra attention when it comes to insects.
After hearing from thousands of gardeners over the years, two of the biggest challenges we face in our region are fungi, and, sucking and borer type insects. Fungi comes quickly and can easily overtake your tree or shrub if you're not on top of things. Get ahead of those pesky insects that suck on the foliage or bore into the trunk system. If these diseases and pests are not addressed, they could lead to a gradual death of the plant. (See Photo 1: Peach Leaf Curl, Photo 2: Powdery Mildew, Photo 3: Aphids).