Jason Kubrock's Top Plant Recommendation: Best Bamboos for Small Gardens in Southern California.
Hedge Bamboo - Bambusa multiplex
There are about a dozen different cultivars of this small, clumping bamboo. It is one of the easiest bamboos to find at most garden centers.
Climbing Bamboo - Chusquea coronalis
A small clumping bamboo with graceful arching culms and small delicate foliage. It also makes a nice container plant.
Khasia Bamboo - Drepanostachyum khasianum
The culms of this bamboo have a bluish color, but the nodes are burgundy, which create a very ornamental effect.
Fountain Bamboo - Fargesia nitida
This small clumper is one of the most cold tolerant bamboos.
Another small clumping bamboo with culms that are burgundy colored.