Bergenia Plants For Your Garden
If you’ve got a shady spot you want to brighten in your garden but you’re tired and bored with hostas, then Bergenias might be just the plants you’re looking for. Bergenias are perennial plants noted for its hardiness, and for its evergreen leaves. They are sometimes also called elephant’s ears for their large leaf size. In many climates, these plants have wide, heart-shaped, slightly curled leaves for most of the year. Colder weather will cause the leaves to turn a ruddy red during autumn, adding color and interest to gardens. These plants are native to China, and a few species to other parts of Asia. Growing Bergenia plants loves shade and dappled sunlight, so choose a darker corner of the yard or a bed up against the house that rarely gets full sunlight. Plant them 12 to 18 inches apart early in the spring to fill the area without crowding them out. Choose a spot with well-drained, moist soil, and add compost to the bed as needed. Watch for flowers in the early spring.
Bergenia plants will grow a spike from 12 to 16 inches tall, and the tiny, bell-shaped blooms will cover the spikes in pink, white or purple flowers. These flowers remain for a number of weeks, then begin to die off. Deadhead the spent blooms by snipping off the spikes once the flowers brown and begin to fall off. Remove any dead, brown leaves you find through the summer as part of your Bergenia plant care, but don’t chop off the plant in the fall. Bergenia needs these leaves as food to survive through the winter, and many of them are evergreen. In the spring, search for dead leaves and remove them at that time.