Throughout history Bergenia cordifolia has been a favourite of numerous gardeners. This plant offers such quality, glossy, evergreen foliage at ground level. It is one of the most useful of all garden plants and worthy of a place in any garden.
In the spring Bergenia cordifolia ‘Red Beauty’ produce clusters or sprays of large red bell-shaped flowers that sit on top of dark leaves on strong, upright stems that are often tinged red. The flush of flowers starts around March and lasts until early May. The leaves of Bergenia cordifolia are perhaps their most important feature. Large, leathery and evergreen, they grow up to 20cm (8in) across. When fully established they cover the ground to form a solid carpet impervious to weeds. In autumn, as the frost arrive the leaves of many varieties turn glorious shades of red.