Best of the bunch
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.