Dwarf bamboos are a great choice for a low border or groundcover. The are very useful to stabilize banks against erosion. They are available in a variety of leaf colors and variegation from dark green to yellow to almost all white. These bamboos range of heights from several inches to several feet. They also make excellent container plants.
Shorter bamboos work well for a screen or a compact hedge. They vary in height from 4′-20′. The foliage of these bamboos can range from light green to dark green and can be variegated as well. They can be shaped in many different ways from accentuating the culms below to a thick compact hedge.