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Hey There! I’m Rochelle Greayer. I’m a garden designer on TV and IRL. I’m also an author and entrepreneur who thinks she can save the world by teaching everyone a little something about landscape design.



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Yesterday’s Planting: Phyllostachys Nigra – Black Bamboo

phyllostachys nigra black bamboo

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I always get excited about firsts…big or little, I seem to note and remember them.   Every variety of tree or plant I have ever specified, I seem to remember the first time and place where it went.   After that,well, I forget it.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to help a client choose some bamboo.  We settled on Phyllostachys nigra — a first for me.  I have wanted to find an appropriae home for this plant for some time.  When I left London 5 years ago, it was all the rage — literally everywhere.  Of course that trend hasn’t quite made the leap across the pond in full force….yet.  I can’t plant it at my own home, it is simply too cold, but for a client who is down in Boston, where temperatures are considerably milder, it will be happy. 

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  1. Jim/

    October 21st, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I planted Phyllostachys nigra about five years ago in my garden. HAd no idea I was ahead of a curve as far as a “rage” goes. A few stalks are “maturing” and starting to turn black(ish). They’re sort of a dirty gray right now. They don’t grow as vigorous as I think they’d like. The Buffalo winters are a bit of a setback each year for them.

  2. Kate

    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I love that bamboo! I had no idea it would survive this far north. Now, all I have to do is find a nursery that carries it.

  3. rochelle

    October 23rd, 2009 at 6:02 am

    kate – we got ours from burt at – he does mail order – he is a couple miles from me – solidly in zone 5 – he says it won’t work here, but boston is zone 6 and he says it will be fine there.

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