Bamboos are the antithesis of the often leaden effect you can get from other evergreens such as yew and rhododendrons. They won’t enjoy a dry, windswept garden, but give them some shelter and they are one of the best plants around for movement and lightness of touch.
Avoid the invasive species, of which there are many. F. murieliae is clump-forming and likely eventually to hit 3m in height. It is happiest in light shade and soil that does not dry out. The umbrella bamboo’s shorter selections, such as ‘Simba’, need time to gain the grace of the species.