How to care for Bergenia

nickrosesnFebruary 13, 2014

I have inherited my grandparents garden and need some help with the Bergenia. This is the second season for me in the garden. Don't know how old they are, maybe 20/30 years. I don't think a lot was done with them. I'm wanting to turn this area into a part shade Butterfly/hummingbird garden area. I live is San Mateo, CA and once the Sun gets higher in the sky this part of the garden will get late morning/afternoon sun.

1.) How do I divide them, so I can thin/move them around so I can plant other things that will be for the Butterflies/hummingbird?
2.) What plants will do well with Bergenia and be inviting to Butterflies/Hummingbirds.

Nick Rose

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I have dug up an entire clump, shaken off the dirt, broken off pieces with roots and leaves, and replanted.

Abutilons in red, orange or raspberry are hummingbird magnets. They do get tall with time (10 ft.). Very easy to root from a piece, aka Japanese False Maple.
Columbines take the same conditions. Hostas may need more water than bergenias. Coral Bells.

Do NOT plant Phygelis as did I, thinking the large container would prevent it from taking over.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 12:30AM
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In summertime they need to be cleaned. I pull off all the dead leaves and also rake out the debris. They can handle a lot of neglect.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 10:52PM
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