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Grow the best Heavenly Bamboo - Nandina

Native to China and Japan the Nandina domestica commonly called Heavenly Bamboo 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. Useful in narrow planting beds that need tall upright plants because of its shape, 2m tall and 1 m wide when mature, Nandina also makes a nice informal hedge or screen.


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 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.
In the autumn the foliage begins to change to shades of pink and red and through the winter the leaves are bright red depending on how cold they get.

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.
Many varieties are more compact than the original but they all have the changing colour as a trait. The dwarf Nandina Pygmea is a firm favourite in Bedfordview but look out for the new variety Royal Princess with finer feathery leaf it is a sure winner and the Gold Flame which has a white berry and bright yellow leaves in cold winters.

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