Bergenia 'Bressingham White'
Year long, rich-green leaves and clean-white April flowers flecked with pink as they age, making a cool impact in shade
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast
- Flowering period: March to April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Commonly known as elephant's ears, because of their large, leathery, oval leaves, bergenias have become fashionable again, thanks both to the number of new cultivars that have become widely available and to their usefulness in the garden. Bergenias are low maintenance, evergreen, will grow in sun or shade and tolerate a wide range of soils, including dry soils and clay.
'Bressingham White' produces masses of pure white spikes in spring above large, deep green leaves that it retains throughout the year. A favourite of Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and plantswoman Beth Chatto, this sturdy plant should be planted in groups as ground cover, for edging borders or providing a foil for delicate foliage plants.
- Garden care: After flowering remove faded flowerheads. Cut off damaged foliage in spring. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring.