My favorite plant pick of the week is Phyllostachys nuda. It is a running bamboo, and as such is suitable for large areas or grown in a barrier in a neighborhood. I find that without getting any supplemental water in the summer, it does not run far for me, but has increased over the years, probably around 10, to quite a clump. It yields all the stakes I could want and more. It is very cheery in the winter to look out on all the desolation of the brownness of the deciduous fruit trees and see the sprightly green of the bamboo.
To view other people's favorite plant picks of the week also, go to hostess Loree's Danger Garden blog and also see the entries in the comments section.