We think Nandina are one of the most underrated shrubs by UK gardeners – they are so easy to grow and they give so much throughout the year that it amazes us that more people don’t know about them.
The common names are a little confusing it’s true, there seems to be a fixation on bamboo – Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo and Chinese Sacred Bamboo, however, Nandina is decidely not a species of bamboo. It is found growing all over the Far East, attributed with special powers in Japanese culture, it is often placed by the entrance of the house and is said to banish bad dreams.
Nandina grows well in virtually any type of soil – it prefers, a moist well drained soil in full sun but actually will grow just about anywhere. Hardy to -12 degrees in winter it will also cope with spells of drought in the summer.
Truly a spectacular all-rounder, the beauty of this shrub is that it performs at all times of the year – beautiful bronze and green leaves in the spring – followed by panticles of white flowers in summer and in a long hot summer, the berries will be bright red and prolific. It is fabulous when included in flower arrangements. As soon as the cold mornings arrive in autumn the leaves will turn every shade of amber and the berries last throughout the winter and are harvested by the birds.
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