Plant installation @ St. Charles Avenue apartment

Having large, expansive windows with a view overlooking the Garden District is a dream for many New Orleanians.

But in some cases, it might be too much of a good thing.

That was the situation at a multi-story apartment complex where Ninth Ward Nursery was hired to consult and install. The 12’ high windows allowed for way more sunlight than our client desired, and covering the windows with blinds or curtains wasn’t a viable option. Nor were shorter plants: the majesty palms, arboricola and ficus that were already in the room weren’t offering much protection from the sun.

Black bamboo (phyllostachys nigra) is a great option for indoor, full-sun applications, and is what we ended up going with. To keep costs down, we reused pots from the plants we removed, and potted up the bamboos in the parking lot. We then transported the bamboos, still full-size, into the apartment, up the elevator, and into the client’s main living room. The entire job took less than two hours and turned out beautifully.

Come springtime, new shoots will emerge and will eventually create the “wall-of-green” effect that the client is going for, allowing for filtered sunlight to come through the black branches and bright green foliage.