I did NOT count on the beautiful colours they turned in the Autumn. I thought .. ok .. dullish gold is fine with me .. BUT ... they are coppers, reds, rusts, golds .. the gambit of Autumn colours right there in this little shrub. They forgive thoughtless watering .. meaning they can take it on the dry side .. in fact if you read about them .. good drainage is a MUST .. so believe me .. they have good drainage !
I would recommend them highly to other gardeners looking for a bit of protection from naughty animals (and owners ? haha) .. and reap the benefit of a gorgeous coloured shrub all seasons really !
Bergenia Cordifolia .. with loads of different nick names .. "Pig Squeak" was one I came across and had to laugh .. some plant names are just too funny. This little group is the standard type. For some reason and I really have no idea what went wrong .. I did not get those amazing flowers they throw in the Spring. All that happened were this big squeaky leaves .. not that there is anything wrong with just leaves mind you. I just wondered why ?????? not the flowers too ? .. has anyone else gone through a drought of flowers with these guys ? Any thoughts on why they didn't smile at me with flowers ? ..
In any case .. they are still very pretty with colour changes for Autumn. You have to give them credit for that !
My "log fern" has a tendency just to lay down FLAT when it has had enough of the season .. I find that humorous too .. as if it were just too exhausted from the whole hot summer thing and it wants to lay down and sleep for the winter .. not that I can blame it .. but it is funny to see how perfectly it has made its own bed ?