Bamboo newbie looking for the right type
Hi there! This is my first time posting here in a long time. I'm primarily an aquatic gardener so terrestrial plants are a mystery to me :)
I'm buying my first home in Philadephia, PA (cold hardiness zone 6, AHS heat zone 6-7) and planning small garden areas in the front and back areas of the house.
In the back area, I would love to plant a bank of clumping bamboo. I will already be covering the chainlink fence with bamboo cane fencing to give the yard some privacy, so I think live bamboo will complete the look nicely. I would prefer to plant two varieties: one smaller (3 feet max) and the other a bit taller (6-7 feet max). The back area gets morning sun.
In the front area, I will be using containers as this area is paved. This area gets full afternoon sun as the house faces west.
I have a few questions for you experts!
1. Are there clumping varieties that match my height requirements and can grow in the above conditions?
2. What about bamboo for large containers? Should I stick with clumping or could I use running varieties?
3. I love bamboo with variegated leaves or some color. Any suggestions?
I know you probably get these questions all the time, but I really appreciate any suggestions!