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PLANT OF THE MONTH: Bergenia cordifolia

Pigsqueak gets its name from the sound created by rubbing together the wet leaves of this spring-blooming plant. Its heart-shaped evergreen foliage will ensure colour all year-round. Bergenia’s small purple blooms grow on burgundy stems in the spring months, while its foliage turns bronze in the cooler months.

Growing Conditions: Tolerant of a wide variety of soils and light condition but prefers partial sun, and rich humus soil. Its clumping form is great for borders and edging.

Size: 40 – 50cm in height and spread

Hardiness: Zone 3

Where to Plant: partial sun/shade, rock gardens

Plant Partners: hellebores, hostas, brunnera, grasses, and ferns

Designer’s Tip: Remove damaged foliage and treat with beneficial nematodes twice annually to prevent vine weevil.

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Post contributed by Chelsea Mills, Jr. Landscape Designer