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Ber­ge­nias Also known as ele­phant’s ears be­cause of its broad, leath­ery, rounded leaves, this late win­ter peren­nial pro­vides both ar­chi­tec­ture and colour to the win­ter scene.

Grow­ing up to 60cm tall, some form in clumps, oth­ers have a more open habit, and the flow­ers come in shades rang­ing from pale pink to ruby red and deep pur­ple.

The leaves, too, pro­vide in­ter­est as the cooler weather sets in, turn­ing shades of crim­son, bronze and ma­roon. Ber­ge­nias grow hap­pily in sun or shade in moist soil and make good part­ners for bulbs in­clud­ing snow­drops, cro­cuses and wood anemones.

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