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Tree trunks with a Nellie; 36 LIFESTYLE Gardening with Adrienne Wild TOP 10 Ground cover plants.

WITH their large, leathery, oval leaves, it's easy to see why bergenias are called elephant's ears. They add mighty drama to any planting scheme.

Bergenias are robust plants, great for edging well-trodden paths. Or plant them in bold groups as ground cover alongside other low-maintenance evergreens, such as heather and ivy. In autumn, watch the leaves of varieties such as Bressingham Ruby and Ballaway turn from green to ruby red when hit by sub-zero temperatures.

And Sunningdale is a good choice for dry, inhospitable sites under trees.

It forms neat clumps of foliage that turn a rich claret colour, with pink undersides.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 16, 2016
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