I am looking for ideas on what to do with the backyard. We are planning to add a pond somewhere, and have always been facinated with the idea of a large area of bamboos adjacent to a pond. With the oak trees the backyard is always shaded there is virtually no sunlight and grass do not even grow in that area except for a patch here and there.
What type of bamboo should we consider if we move forward with this idea? We do not know much about bamboo except I bought two small 36" pots of Budda's belly bamboo from a local grower for $60 a pot. I planted them onto the ground in my current resident and they are now about 7 feet tall, and have spread only about 3 feet in each direction. Very slow growing and very expensive. If I wish to plant a large area I need some bigger, taller and faster frowing variety, but I don't want any vigorous runners either. Any ideas what would be a good choice (if there is one). Saw some beatiful black bamboo a few years ago too and a single 10" pot was $250.00 - expensive.
Location - Fort Lauderdale area - zone 10b
Thanks for any comments.