Bergenia are one of the tried and true perennials.  They are long lived and “tough as nails”.

They look fabulous in old established plantings or in new beds. Their large bold leaves offer a thick texture that easily works into just about any design style including containers.

The paddle-shaped, evergreen leaves of this spreading plant are best displayed when in mass. Spring brings the lovely straight stems bearing sprays of flowers ranging from white to ruby pink, to double red. The evergreen leaves of some varieties turn burgundy on the tips in cold weather adding interest to the winter garden. Many wonderful cultivars of this plant have been introduced.

A few of our favorites are:

Bergenia 'Abdenglut'

Bergenia abdenglut aka 'Evening Glow'

Compact plant with medium size leaves that turn bronze in autumn. Flowers are burgundy red and double. Zone 4-8. 18”tall.

Bergenia ciliata 'Dumbo'

An unusual deciduous variety with very large, rounded leaves covered in downy hair.  Pale pink flowers March to May.  Grows 18" tall by 24" wide in zomes 5-8. 

Bergenia 'Bressingham Ruby'

Bergenia 'Bressingham Ruby'

Very med pink flowers above green leaves that age to maroon in winter. Zone 15-18” tall. Photo courtesy of Skagit Gardens.

Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

Very similar to Bressingham Ruby but with flowers that emerge white and age to pink.

Leathery Green leaves. Zone 3-9.

Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly'

Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly'

A slightly more diminutive version (12-15”) with narrow leaves and pink flowers.

Zone 4-9

Bergenia 'Spring Fling'

This variety stands out with rich purple winter foliage with prolific masses of rich magenta blooms March through May.  Compact, growing 12" hight and wide in zones 4-9.

Bergenia 'Winter Glow'

Bergenia cordifolia Winterglut aka Winterglow

Excellent red fall and winter foliage color. Dark magenta flowers in spring and sometimes a second bloom in fall.

Zone 3.

12-15” tall.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.


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