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Bergenia (Pigsqueak)
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Including Bergenia ‘Rosi Klose’, Bergenia ‘Pink Dragonfly’, and Bergenia ‘Bach’

Bergenia

Pigsqueak

You can experience how this no-trouble rhizomatous ground cover earned its common name if, following a rain, you rub a leaf between your fingers—but it is Bergenia’s fine firm foliage mass and Saxifrage-like, waxy flowers that justifies its presence in the garden. With bold, rounded outlines, the great, glossy, and nearly evergreen, rich green leaves are a handsome backdrop for dense heads of lovely spring blooms that rise above the cabbagelike rosette on stalwart, red-tinted stems.

In winter, leaves become tinged with burgundy and are most welcome in holiday arrangements. Bergenia endures neglect, poor soil and some drought, but performs best in part shade.

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Bergenia ‘Bach’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

A 1972 Eric Smith hybrid raised at Britain’s Hadspen House, this rarely offered Bergenia emphasizes arresting contrast. Enhanced by rose-blushed centers, flamboyant red calyces and hefty burgundy-hued stalks, the massive, densely set flower heads initially develop a soft pink coloration, which dramatically matures to white above thick deep green leaves. The tailored evergreen clump can be planted in drifts as an easily grown ground cover, broadcasting bold lustrous texture plus warm coppery red winter highlights.

Blooms April–May

Size: 16" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Bergenia ‘Bach’ (P-1921)
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Bergenia ‘Bressingham Ruby’  full sun  partial shade
Bergenia  Bressingham Ruby

Amidst a compact base of lustrous greenery, glistening deep rosy red Hyacinth-like blooms herald the spring and later, leaves transmute bronzed wine tints that warm winters’ somber landscape. With its tidy habit, this gem is well-suited for edging a path or for gracing a container at any time of year. (PP#7344)

Blooms April–May.

Size: 16" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Bergenia ‘Bressingham Ruby’ (P-1248)
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Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’  full sun  partial shade
Bergenia  Bressingham White Bergenia  Bressingham White

Distinguished for the pure white color of its mature blossoms, its amazing floriferous nature, and for its leafy robustness, ‘Bressingham White’ was bred by British horticulturist Alan Bloom. To create an eye-catching contrast of color and texture, combine this Bergenia’s broad leaves with the ferny foliage of Corydalis ‘Blue Panda’.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 12"–15" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’ (P-1170)
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Bergenia cordifolia ‘Winterglut’  full sun  partial shade  new plant
Winter Glow Bergenia

This superb prismatic cultivar claims its name with eye-catching, red painted winter foliage that chases the chill from a December day and warms a holiday wreath. The thick, slow spreading rosettes of beefy, heart-style polished leaves launch showy magenta-red flowers perched on steadfast stalks. Vaunting color aplenty, nearly 4-season appeal and an adaptable valiant bearing, ‘Winter Glow’ can be added to the rockery or a border’s front lines.

Blooms April–May

Size: 18" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Bergenia cordifolia ‘Winterglut’ (P-1563)
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Bergenia ‘Magic Giant’  full sun  partial shade
Bergenia  Magic Giant

Big varnished rosettes of thick, extra large rounded evergreen foliage beams purplish bronze colors that indeed work magic on a bleak winter landscape. A verdant foil the rest of the year, dark green leaves reach up to a foot long and 9 in. across, while supporting dense rosy pink flower clusters, defined by red centers, white stamens and open starry faces on stout wine-hued stems. Bedazzled with jewel tones and texture galore, this hybrid Bergenia crafts an exceptional, easy care ground cover for moist poorly drained banks, stream sides or borders.

Blooms April–May

Size: 16" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Bergenia ‘Magic Giant’ (P-1747)
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Bergenia ‘Pink Dragonfly’  full sun  partial shade

Though this cultivar is more diminutive than our other Bergenia selections, its year-round allure is huge. Narrow jade green leaves compile a gleaming evergreen base that launches lovely clusters of bright pink flowers, looking a bit like cherry blossoms, on thick burgundy-tinted stems. Introduced by German-born Anne Eskuche, ‘Pink Dragonfly’s enticements extend far beyond the perfectly proportioned blooms as unique plum red shades morph the foliage into a colorful winter spectacle.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 12"–15" high x 12"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Bergenia ‘Pink Dragonfly’ (P-1865)
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Bergenia ‘Rosi Klose’  full sun  partial shade

Highly regarded by British plantswoman Beth Chatto for their lovely presentation, the salmon-tinged rosy pink Hyacinth-like floral bells ring in spring with open flared mouths above a tight-knit smaller-sized foundation of gleaming spoon-shaped foliage. ‘Rosi Klose’s profuse uniquely hued blooms and verdant trouble-free disposition can enhance the rockery, a stone wall or pond’s edge.

Blooms April–May

Size: 12" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Bergenia ‘Rosi Klose’ (P-1204)
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