I truly love bamboos and this one would have to be close to the top of my admittedly long list of favourites! It grows to about 4metres tall and although classed as a runner my plant in the garden has made a largish clump with after 10 years in the ground no real attempt to take off. This may have something to do with it being in a fairly dry semi-shaded aspect so I can’t promise what it might do in your garden, so I guess it is better to be aware that it is classed as a running bamboo and keep an eye on it.
Its gracefully arching stems are clothed with large leaves heavily and irregularly striped with white and it is a stand out plant in my shady garden. The culms (stems) are comparatively thin and the whole plant moves and rustles in the slightest breeze.
If you are truly frightened of bamboos them it can be kept in a pot and is apparently one of the best species to use as an indoor plant. I have lovely plants in 25cm. pots at $85.00 ready for your shady site, Japanese garden or indoor shrine!