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Bergenia cordifolia 'Pupurea'

Bergenia cordifolia 'Pupurea'

Elephant Ears

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Sustainably Grown Organic Bergenia Cordifolia 'Pupurea' - The Hardy Elephant's Ears

🌿 Ah, the Bergenia cordifolia 'Pupurea', a real stalwart of the winter garden! Don't be fooled by its fancy name, this is a tough plant that brings colour and texture long after summer has faded with large, glossy, evergreen leaves that emerge a rich, mahogany red in the cooler months, adding a warm glow to your borders when other plants have gone dormant. But the beauty doesn't stop there! In early spring, dainty clusters of vibrant pink flowers emerge, adding a cheerful splash of colour just as the winter blues begin to fade. And let's not forget, this evergreen is incredibly low-maintenance, thriving in shade or partial sun and tolerating even the harshest winter conditions. So, if you're looking for a reliable plant that offers year-round interest and a touch of winter cheer, then this organic Bergenia cordifolia 'Pupurea' is sure to become a firm favourite in your garden!

🌞 Plant Features:

🍂 Seasonal Foliage Transformation: The lush green leaves transition to a beautiful bronze-purple hue during the colder months, offering seasonal interest in the duller months of the year.

🌸 Spring Blossoms: Delight in the sight of delicate pink flowers that rise above the foliage on sturdy stems, attracting early-season pollinators and adding a show of colour to the awakening garden.

🌱 Tough and Tolerant: Known for its hardiness, This evergreen perennial thrives in a range of conditions, from full sun to shade, and is tolerant of urban pollution, making it a versatile choice for any garden setting.

💧 Moisture-Loving: Preferring moist, well-drained soils, this Bergenia variety is an excellent addition to water garden borders, pond edges, or in areas that receive regular watering, but avoid waterlogged ground

🏡 Ground Cover and Border Plant: Its dense, clumping habit makes it an ideal ground cover or front-of-border plant, offering low maintenance coverage with high visual impact.

🌍 Eco-Conscious Cultivation: Grown in our sustainable nursery, All of our plants are nurtured with organic practices, ensuring a vibrant and healthy plant without the use of harmful chemicals.

🏡 Garden Uses:

Utilise as an elegant ground cover in shade garden spots, close to north facing walls or under trees.

Grow in borders or along walkways for a textured, colourful edge.

Incorporate into rock gardens or alongside water features for naturalistic landscaping.

Pair with spring bulbs for a layered early-spring collection, as Bergenia leaves create a lush backdrop for emerging flowers.

Grow in a large pot either side of a shady front door as an impressive foliage plant

🌱 How to Care for Bergenia Cordifolia:

Plant in a location that receives partial to full shade, though it can tolerate sun in cooler climates.

Ensure the soil is rich and well-draining, and keep the soil consistently moist, especially in dry conditions.

Mulch around the base in autumn to protect roots and retain soil moisture.

Remove faded flower spikes and old leaves in spring to maintain plant vigor and appearance.

🐝 Pollinator-Friendly Plant

By planting Bergenia Cordifolia, you're contributing to the wellbeing of early-season pollinators, providing them with a valuable food source when few other plants are in bloom.

🚫 Is Bergenia Cordifolia Safe for Pets?

Rest easy knowing that Bergenia Cordifolia is generally considered safe for pets and wildlife, allowing for a harmonious garden where all family members, furry ones included, can enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of your outdoor space. 🐾🌸

🌼 Why Choose Bergenia Cordifolia?

Bergenia Cordifolia is not just a plant; it's a year-round performer that brings structure, colour, and life to your garden. Its adaptability, low maintenance, shade tolerance and stunning seasonal changes make it a cherished addition for both novice and experienced gardeners alike.

🌱 Sustainably Grown Elephant Ears

We pride ourselves on our eco-friendly approach. These plants are propagated using traditional tools, wooden seed trays, sustainable methods and grown on in biodegradable pots and wooden troughs with Soil Association certified peat-free compost. No synthetic fertilisers or pesticides are used, preserving its natural integrity.

🌿 Eco-conscious Packaging and Delivery

Our commitment to the environment extends to our packaging and delivery. We use sustainable home compostable materials and carbon offset delivery services to minimise our environmental impact - this means every plant you buy from our shop actually fights climate change without starting off in a carbon deficit.

Plant care guide

How do you plant perennials?

Dig a hole slightly larger than the woodfibre pot or balled rootball size, but no deeper. If it is a plant that likes to stay on the drier side (such as lavender), make the hole slightly shallower than the root ball so the surface of the rootball sits proud of the ground and use organic matter around the plant to stop water pooling on the base of the plant.

Water the hole and if the woodfibre pot or rootball doesn't seem moist pre-soak the pot or hessian contained rootball until it is saturated (no more bubbles rise to the surface).

There is normally no need to add compost to the hole if you have an established garden with healthy plants already growing. If you have a newbuild property or poor growth to existing plans chances are that your whole flowerbed needs improving with organic matter.

Place the pot or rootball in the hole. You can remove the hessian sacking it came in, or just remove the staple/twine and open the top once it's in the ground so the plant is free. The roots will easily grow through and the hessian will decompose, as will the woodfibre pots. Back fill the surrounding area with the dug soil. Do not firm the soil down hard! Roots need air and water and hard compacted soil prevents them from getting both.

Once planted water the plant in well and then water again whenever the soil starts to dry out under the surface, being careful not to overwater.

Mulching with something like woodchips around the plant after watering will help the soil to retain the moisture in hot weather. The perennial's foliage will die off in the winter and the plant will regrow through the mulch in the spring!

When to plant perennials in the UK?

Perennial plants can be planted out in the garden or in pots from spring, through the summer, to autumn. During dry weather and especially during the summer much closer attention needs to be given to watering in the first year.

If planting in hot weather, cut the foliage and flowers back. Your new plant will not be taking up much water until established so may struggle if the leaves lose more water than the roots can absorb. For the strongest result do not allow to flower or at least to set seed in the first year.

Where to plant perennials?

Check the plant info at the bottom of the page for the best place to position your new plant. If it prefers sun and you plant it in a north facing flowerbed next to a wall don't expect it to thrive or flower.

Pay attention to the soil. if it is heavy clay, incorporate organic matter such as compost to the soil before planting your perennial, preferably to the whole flowerbed. This will improve the soil by buffering it's water and nutrient holding ability. It is preferable to not just plonk compost in the bottom of the hole as it will not improve the overall condition of the soil surrounding your new plant. Do not add a layer of gravel or grit to the bottom of the hole as this will merely cause the perched water table to be higher. It will not improve drainage.

How do you care for perennial plants?

Cut back untidy foliage in the spring (you can leave the clippings on the flower bed to allow the nutrients to recycle into the soil). Divide every 3 to 5 years as the centre dies out and replant your extra plants! Perennials come back every year. Some are longer living than others.

Should perennials be fertilised?

The vast majority of garden soils contain plenty of nutrients, but if your garden is in a newly built development there is a good chance a thin layer of topsoil has been added on top of infertile subsoil. if that is the case, compost, soil improver or well rotted manure can be spread on the flower bed and dug in, or alternatively for those short of time or energy, organic fertiliser such as our own special organic mix of bone meal, hoof and horn and vinaase that is an organic, sustainable alternative to the John Innes formula, can be sprinkled around the plant with some compost added to the planting hole.

Delivery £5 flat rate or FREE over £50 spend.

I charge a flat rate of £5 for postage and packaging to all of Britain, including the Highlands and the Isle of Man, with free delivery for orders over £50. We are unable to send plants to Northern Ireland.

I use Royal Mail for our deliveries as they have the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK and actually tend to look after parcels rather than just chucking them over the nearest fence! This ensures that your plants will have the best care possible.

Please have a Safe Place set up if possible so your plants are not returned to the sorting office if no one is home to accept the delivery.

I try to dispatch plants twice a week and you will receive updates by text or email. In cases of extreme weather or if Royal Mail has a hiccup the delivery may be delayed but we'll keep you in the loop.

I'm unable to deliver to the Channel Islands or Northern Ireland.

The LAWNMOWER Guarantee

Healthy plants & happy customers

Your plant will only be dispatched if I'm happy it is healthy. The nature of growing the plants in large troughs means that the root system will be trimmed before they are balled in hessian, and therefore, depending on the time of year, the top growth may also be trimmed to make sure the roots are able to supply the water and nutrients your new plant requires.

Pruning encourages new growth and this applies to roots as well so a pruned plant actually results in a stronger plant.

The LAWNMOWER guarantee.

If you're not happy with your plants for any reason, even if you've run them over with your lawnmower, just pop them in a box (the plants, not the mower!) and post them back to us within 1 year for a replacement or refund.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

For full details check out the Refunds and Returns Policy.


Eco-friendly business

Fed up with plants grown in plastic pots which are doused in herbicides and sprayed with synthetic chemicals by big nurseries who merrily burn through finite resources, fly plants in from abroad on jet planes, irresponsibly use peat and coir, kill any insect nearby with non-selective pesticides and generally only think of the bottom line?

So are we!

How we grow plants sustainably

Our plants are started in coldframes or inside our house, grown-on woodfibre pots or in reclaimed wooden troughs which are then carefully harvested and balled and burlapped (hessian wrap securing the rootball), before packing plastic free in a eco cardboard box from a certified B-corp carbon neutral supplier. Some plants are grown in 8cm woodfibre pots.

Sustainable and organic compost & fertiliser

Our Soil Association certified organic compost is bought in bulk without plastic bags from Dalefoot Compost, and consists of sheep wool, bracken and comfrey. This naturally feeds the plants for 12 months. If supplemental feeding is required we only use our own special blend of organic fertilisers (bone meal, hoof & horn and vinaase) which have been processed with solar energy.

Carbon Neutral business

The small amount of electricity we use is from renewable sources and we irrigate our plants with stored water we have harvested. Plus, we are using our house and land for more than one purpose, preventing further land use and utilising the sunk carbon cost of the building rather than creating more.

We have partnered with Carbon Neutral Britain to offset our emissions, and recognise that we are not in control of all parts of the supply chain so have fully offset scopes 1, 2 and 3 to take that in to account - so that's all emissions connected to our business, from the farts coming out of the back of the sheep, to the carbon dioxide from the delivery van outside your door.

We don't just offset and carry on, ALL the decisions we make work to reduce emissions - for instance we use Royal Mail to post our plants as they have by far the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK.

Bergenia cordifolia

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Full Sun, Part sun, and Shade
Broad PH tolerance
Moist but well drained
H 0.5 m X W 0.5 m
Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter
Pollinator friendly and Overwintering protection

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