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Bergenia - elephant's ears

Bergenia from Lubera

If you want to buy a Bergenia, you can expect an enduring spring bloom in delicate colours and distinctive leaf patterns - and you will get it with this wonderful perennial.

   
 
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More information about Bergenia

 

Even though the Bergenia was long considered old-fashioned, it is now, at the latest since its appointment as the perennial of the year 2017, once again finding its deserved attention in gardens. Another reason for wanting to buy this plant is the diversity of the varieties. In the Lubera® Garden Shop, you can find this garden perennial with bell-shaped flowers in various shades of pink to white. They open their flowers from April to May and are convincing the rest of the year as ornamental leafy perennials.

 

 

Buy Bergenia in the Lubera® Garden Shop

 

Most varieties are evergreen and keep their foliage even in the cold season. But that's not all: in autumn, they really come into their own and shine in various shades of red to bronze. In the United States, this plant is also colloquially called "pig squeak", alluding to the squeaky sound that is produced when you rub one of the leathery leaves between two fingers. 

 

Which to buy?

 

Depending on the variety, Bergenias grow between 30 and 50 cm high, including the flowers. The variety 'Oeschberg', which comes from a Swiss breeder and is named after the gardening school Oeschberg near Bern, has made it onto the international gardening scene. For example, we have also discovered it in the beds at the Inverewe Garden, a magnificent garden in the Scottish Highlands. It has a beautiful, purple-red autumn colouring and in springtime, it has intensive, bright flowers. Since it flowers comparatively late, it escapes late frosts and is therefore also suitable for rougher locations. If you want to buy one of these plants that has a very special charm, you should consider the variety 'Eroica', the "heroic" plant. It has relatively small foliage, flowers in bright pink and is pleasing in autumn with the bright red underside of leaves. The autumn colouring usually sets in as soon as the first frost comes. The variety 'Autumn Flower', as its name suggests, flowers a second time in autumn.

 

Enduring and long-lasting

 

The Bergenia has a long tradition and can be found as a "gem" among the perennials in many old gardens. This is not least because it is a very long-lived plant that spreads more and more over the years. The wild forms are at home in Central and East Asia, from the Himalayas to China, and can also be found in Russia and Mongolia, among other places. Most species like it best in partial shade or even in the sun. This can also be deduced from their natural habitat. They grow on gravelly soils in mountainous landscapes. Although they develop very well in light shade, they thrive better the more sunny their location in the garden is. If you are looking for a distinctive shade plant for planting between ferns and under large trees, you should choose B. ciliata (Cashmere type). It also thrives in darker locations but is one of the few that dies back completely in the winter and loses its leaves.

 

The ideal habitat

 

These plants are well suited as bedding, but also for extensive, ground-covering purposes under shrubs. They are most comfortable in humus-rich beds with good water drainage, but also in rockeries. Once they have established themselves, they also cope well with drier soils. The flowers stand out particularly well against a background of evergreen conifers or boxwoods.  They can also be combined with grasses or perennials such as spurge, geraniums or asters. If they grow in a container on the terrace, they should be re-potted every two to three years. This plant is not poisonous.

 

Easy to maintain

 

Bergenias are easy-care, extremely long-living perennials. Maintenance measures include cutting off dead flowering twigs and removing withered leaves in late spring. Otherwise, they hardly need any care, quite the contrary: they often seem to develop more magnificently the more you leave them alone. Only too much cold can damage these plants. They should therefore preferably be placed in sheltered locations, as they are sensitive to frost. However, affected plants usually recover quickly and sprout again in the spring.

 

It does not flower - what to do?

 

If a Bergenia only produces one green leaf after another instead of flowering, it is time to reconsider the location. If it is too wet or too shady, it will refuse to bloom, as is the case with too much fertiliser. But if you plant it where it likes it, it rewards you with changing attractions all year round, from flowering to a great autumn colouring and evergreen foliage. If you want to buy and plant a Bergenia for next spring, you will certainly not regret it!

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