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I love bamboo and have over 500 plants and 20 species. Bits of advice based on living with them for a number of years that I find
are important:As the other posters state
two types of bamboo clumping and running
Both need annual maintenance removing old shoots (usually from the center to allow growth to stay put ... running bamboo tends to run when it has no more space to stay)
rhizome barriers at least 95cm in ground with 5cm peeking over as you can see a rhizome trying to "leap"out of its enclosure and cut it.
Or a cement basin or pots that have insulation in cold climates
In warmer climates and more receptive soil, bamboos grow fast and tall, less warm climates they tend to grow a little less aggressively
they make schmutz with the sheaths that protect new growth, and then leaf drop with temperature changes
Not all species look good all the time: fargesias are clumping but tend to look a little dead in the winter (where I am where it is cold) so accept that not all bamboos look good all the time.
Love them but you need to keep a careful eye on them and check for runners and pull them out immediately to "dissuade"them from growing where you don't want them.
@bigreader: It depends where you are based. A cold climate creates more leaf drop than a warmer climate. In warm weather clumping bamboo tends to keep its leaves but as the weather gets cold it starts to go a less appealing browny/green and loses quite a bit of leaf.This is a google search on Fargesia in winter.https://www.google.com/search?q=%3Dfargesia+in+winter&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=DtETVdv4FIT2UNPOgKgM&ved=0CB0QsAQ&biw=1920&bih=943#tbm=isch&q=fargesia+in+winter