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Bergenia help

Hi everyone, I'm looking for Bergenia suggestions for my border.  I have a few given to me by a friend but have no clue as to their type!  I'm looking to use them as ground cover and winter interest so want the evergreen types with smaller leaves - not the 'dumbo' type - that go bronze/purple in winter.  My soil is sandy and they'd be in part-shade in an East-facing bed.

So far I've identified Bressingham Ruby and Pink Dragonfly but really want someone who knows more to help!  Many thanks


  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    edited September 2018
    I have also recently decided "Dumbos" are not for me. as lovely and useful as they can be.
    I saw a smaller one and bought it recently, only just planted it. Named Diamond Drops.
    The label reads clusters of crisp white flowers held on short red stems above thick green leaves from early spring.
    Foliage takes on attractive coppery tones in cold weather.

    Height & Spread 30 cm x 45
    They seem to be good doers generally mine is  planted on clay, but with a layer of rather dry topsoil in partial shade under a tree at the moment.
    Too newly planted to say how it will perform but seems to be settling in nicely.

    If you type in dwarf varieties I know there is a site or company with a list of newer dwarf types listed.
    Note the leaves are smaller, I think the height is the flowering height.
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489
    Bergenia Overture has smaller leaves and purple flowers.
    SW Scotland
  • Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Thanks folks, does Overture have purple leaves in winter?
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,439
    edited September 2018
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    Joyce and SSurfer that was one I saw, but forgot the name so thanks from me too.
    (sorry I won't/don't use Google on principal :o))
    But by checking the name online you can also find out that info if not in Silvery Surfers link Charlotte:o)

  • Thanks so much for the pics, Silver Surfer!
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