Bamboo can be planted in containers for decorative use on patios and porches, but it is important to choose a bamboo that is suited for this, as some bamboo species can grow to 120 feet tall. Clumping bamboos such as Chinese Goddess, which grows to only 6 feet tall or Tiny Fern which grows to 3 feet tall, work well for this.
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