Sunday, 15 April 2012
Plant of the Week: Bergenia cordifolia - Bergenia/Elephant Ears
Bergenia is such an easy plant to grow, and very easy to get a hold of because once it gets planted it can be ignored and it will grow fine, so you can dig them out of a friends garden to get your own start.
One of the reasons why I like this is because of its large, coarse textured leaves that makes a great focal point; the flowers are pretty but that's not why I choose to plant Bergenia. Once these are established they don't require much water, and are paired well next to a large stone.
Another reason why I like Bergenia is because the leaves tend to be evergreen and change to a beautiful red during the winter. When we get chinooks in the Calgary region and the snow melts Bergenias are well placed in a visible location by sidewalks or your driveway.