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Bamboo Planters

I build planters, big planters that I have developed specifically for growing bamboo in. The shape and design are simple. The rectangular dimensions lend themself to decks, patio's, driveway's and pretty much anywhere a privacy hedge is needed. The tapered design allows for ease of maintenance year after year. It allows for the release of a potentially congested root mass of bamboo out of the planter. Other planter designs make it near impossible to remove the bamboo for maintenance (especially the metal ones). This maintenance is mandatory for bamboo. If you cannot get the bamboo out of the planter, it will become root bound eventually and wither away without maintenance. These planter's prevent this problem of not being able to root prune the bamboo. For more information on this maintenance please refer to Bamboo Maintenance. These are products with long term sustainability in mind.



The "standard" planter size is 5 foot in length 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide. However in some situations a 4 foot long or a 6 foot long can work better. The 4 foot is especially good for shipping, since it can fit on a palette. The 6 foot is nice to fill big spaces, without having to get two planters. The actual real dimensions of the standard (5x2x2) is 60"long x24"wide x22"tall with 2" thick brick feet, equally 24" total height, when installed. With all that said all kinds of differnet sizes of custom planters have been constructed.


  • Most planters are built with Cedar.
  • An economical alternative is Douglas Fir.
  • Availabilty of reclaimed wood is limited.
  • As far as lifespan and durability goes, there is not much difference between the different types of wood. This is due to the fact that the interior is lined, stopping any water from getting the wood wet on the inside. On the outside the bricks hold the planter off the ground stopping water from wicking up from the ground. Pressure treated wood is used on the inside, so that doe's not degrade either. The only time the wood get's wet is in the worst parts of the winter from rain splashing off the ground on the base of the planters, which doesn't affect it due to the stain.
  • Doug fir is heavy and tougher, cedar is lighter and softer . A cedar planter by itself is about 80-100 pounds, a doug fir planter is about 150-200 pounds.


  • Current choices are -Natural and Ebony
  • However any color can be chosen for a extra charge, some clients have purchased uncoated and have the planter color matched to there house or fence. The natural is more of a amber toned clear, as for the Ebony it is as dark as you can get. The cedar can be stained darker, the doug fir has sap that does not take stain quite as well, just a different look. With that said it really is important NOT to have a black planter located in a sunny exposed spot in the afternoon sun. Unless you plan on irrigating it lots, it would absorb lots of sun and get hot and dry out quickly.
  • The planters are coated with an outdoor wood oil product called Penofin Verde (very low voc content).


    doug fir, oil coated2'x2'x5'$295
    reclaimed doug fir, oil coated2'x2'x5'$295
    cedar wood, oil coated 2'x2'x5'$395
    reclaimed cedar, oil coated 2'x2'x5'$395

    Delivery and Installation

    Delivery is usually a flat $75 fee. Delivery's can be made to anywhere in the greater Portland metro area. -this includes transport, moving, and leveling the planters into there positions. You can also arrange to pick up the planter or planter's in person if you wish.


    Preorder or request more information by contacting me.

    Portland Planter Retailers

    Bob Hyland Garden Designs 1114 SE Clay St. Portland, OR 97214
    "THE" Bamboo Garden 18900 NW Collins Rd. North Plains, OR 97133