Some gardeners display this handsome variety massed as a groundcover -- deer and rabbits shun its shiny but tough, leathery leaves -- while others with limited geography choose containers. Magenta-pink flowers in early spring occasionally repeat in fall, when the leaves glow scarlet and bronze. 'Winterglut'
The small Asian genus Bergenia provides one of the most distinctive and attractive foliage plants for partial shade. Plants are extremely hardy and long-lived when they get gritty, well-drained soil and protection from afternoon sun, and a sizable cluster offers a handsome pool of texture and color through the season. The absolute best value is secured in situations where the foliage remains evergreen through the winter. In our experience, that means Zone 6 and warmer, or a spot in colder areas where a microclimate approximates these conditions.