Fall in love with Sacred Bamboo! Grow some Nandina in your garden. Strikingly architectural and modern or soft and tropical make this a very versatile shrub that will suit any garden style. The winter red colouring adds some zing and in my own garden frequently visited by the pair Bulbuls that live nearby for fresh berries. Also known as Sacred Bamboo they are simply awesome, growing in sun and shade as well as making a striking container plant.
Colour does not only have to come from bedding plants in winter. The cold temperatures and frost colours a range of plants to striking shades of reds to burnt pinks. The dwarf firethorn and the pink mirror bush are two unusual ones but by far the most popular are the different varieties of Nandina which we believe no garden should be without.
Native to China and Japan the Nandina can be used in virtually any part of the landscape and is especially useful in full or part sun. Nandina is a very popular plant in local gardens due to its leaf texture and colour, soft and fernlike in summer the leaves change from green to shades of red and burgundy depending on how cold they get through winter.
In the Japanese home garden this plant will often be found near the front or back door, as it is considered the 'friendship plant' and legend also says that a Nandina beside the front door serves to listen to the worries of the head of the household.
Nandina domestica also known as heavenly bamboo is an evergreen and what makes this plant special is the colour it provides in the garden during all four seasons of the year. In the spring, the new foliage emerges as bright bronzed red and is soon followed by large panicles of creamy white flowers. Clusters of bright green berries replace the flowers and by late summer the berries will ripen to a bright red. The berries will remain until they are discovered and enjoyed by the local birds.
Once established this is one of the toughest plants adapting itself to a wide variety of conditions. Preferably the soil should be kept moist at all times, but Nandina’s can also be seen as water wise as they handle dry conditions well.