Question: It was suggested to me that I install heavenly bamboo in a front yard planter to hide the gas meter. Aren't bamboo plants really aggressive and aren't they going to take over the whole yard if I do that?
NICK: I’m all about using common names for plants because the botanical names can get really confusing (plus who wants to memorize all that stuff?). This is one case however where knowing the genus and species of a plant is really important. Phyllostachys are bamboo which is probably the one you're talking about. Underground rhizomes get absolutely everywhere, oh it is just crazy how quickly that grows. The one you're talking about or that was suggested to you is called Nandina domestica. It's a totally a different plant and a wonderful choice if you're trying to hide the gas meter.