Bergenias, out of fashion at one time, I will say no more regarding that rubbish. Well anyway back in favour!This Bergenia in our woodland area flowers quite well, pity the evergreen leaves tend to get a rather moth eaten look at times, however it is a plant which I am rather fond of in spite of this.
I have no idea which variety it is, the leaves are medium sized and red in Winter and early Spring, turning medium green in early Summer, the flower colour in the picture is quite accurate.
Well I just navigated away from this page and lost all of my updates to this post, so where were we.
Bergenias come from Eastern Asia and have leathery glossy leaves many of them colour up a reddish bronze in Winter. They have panicles of funnel or bell shaped flowers in Spring, coloured, red, and a whole range of pinks but the one I like best of all is Bressingham white, do keep a look out for it, in fact here is a
Bergenia should be grown in humus rich moist but well drained soil either in full sun or partial shade. On the other hand, a bit of an anomaly, it is also said Bergenia will also tolerate poor soil where leaf colour is apparently enhanced, so take your pick, ours is in resonably good soil, pity about the slugs though. The foliage of some species do actually die back in Winter.
Mulch in Autumn, divide clumps every four years or so in Autumn or Spring.
Here we have some Close ups of a few more plants which have flowered in April.
Below is how they are looking in our woodland area, my favourite spot in the garden this Spring.
Aquilegia Flabellata Ministar, planted in the Woodland last Spring.
This Epimideum so distinctive I am sure I will be able to find the name for it, been in the garden for a number of years now.
The Osmanthus Delavayi is a new introduction to the raised bed in the patio area. This is the spot where we lost our favourite Pittosporum, Irene Patterson. The Osmanthus flowers are much smaller than the picture would suggest.
The tiny flowers of the Sweet Violet spring up here and there at this time of year.
Fritillaria Meleagris, a pretty little Spring flower that looks just right for the Woodland area.
Fritillaria Pyrenaica, also flowering in the woodland at the moment. Has a little more cultivated look than does Meleagris
Lysichiton camtschatcensis (Skunk Cabbage) an early flowering marginal plant for the pond.
Lysichiton Americanus as above except for the colour of course.
The rather insignificant flowers of the Acer Acinitifolium looking quite interesting when viewed close up.
And finally, Taurus, our most favourite Rhododendron of all.
We just got back from a visit to Crathes Castle Gardens. Once again I don’t know the variety but here is how Bergenia was looking there.
This is more like it.
I will add a post soon with a little information on Crathes.