A #BambooExperience: Mid Coast Maine

One of our customers acquired 2 Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’ plants to grow in her garden in Maine. She is going to let us follow her progress with this hardy specimen. The location is in the Mid-Coast region in Zone 5A which puts it on the top end of it’s USDA region which goes from Zones 5-9. We believe with the proper care, these Fargesias will do well.

Fargesia dracocephala 'Rufa' aka Dragon's Head Bamboo
Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’ aka Dragon’s Head Bamboo

Our customer wanted a clumping variety of bamboo to beautifully fill a space at the top of her yard in a partial to shady area near the property dividing fence. Any added privacy between properties would be a bonus. The Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’, or Dragon’s Head Bamboo rates a -15 F hardiness and can grow from 7′ – 10′ tall and prefers afternoon shade. We hope you join us in following these bamboo’s progress.

Day 1

I took home two New England Bamboo Rufas along with a few grasses.

Bamboos and Grasses
Bamboos and Grasses in 1, 3, and 5 sizes

I had already planned to put them at the highest point of the yard where a fence divides the property line and weeds and wildflowers abound under the shade of some maple trees. I’m hoping to not just create an attractive space in an undeveloped spot, but that they might also grow tall enough to create some sort of visual screen between the neighbors house and mine. I’m starting with only 2 because I’m not a confident enough gardener to plant across the whole space, but that is the eventual plan.

Broad look of the yard from the front.
Broad look at the yard from the lowest point in the sunny front.
Planting area
The designated area before weeding with some morning light.

After cleaning up the space and keeping the old, heavy log as a feature, I placed the Rufas in their new home. For lack of time, I didn’t do a detail weeding outside of the immediate space, but that will come.

Dragon's Head Bamboo planted
Dragon’s Head Bamboo set behind a log.

Now that they are in the ground, I’m excited to see how they grow.

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