Magic Giant Pigsqueak

Magic Giant Pigsqueak

Bergenia cordifolia 'Magic Giant'


$16.95
Buy 3+ at $15.95 ea
Buy 6+ at $13.95 ea
A neglected classic for the shade border and woodland garden, Pigsqueak is destined to become one of your garden favorites. Rich in foliage and flower color, it is easy to care for and always changing its play of color.

The foliage on this plant is very thick -- it will remind you of a succulent -- and emerges a bronzy shade of green, only to turn dark green for summer and much of fall, then to acquire rich shades of burgundy for winter. Measuring up to a foot long and nearly that wide, the leaves are spectacular, especially in the bleak winter landscape.

But the color changes on these large, leathery, evergreen leaves are only one of the merits of Magic Giant. This plant also blooms, setting cup-shaped flowers of magenta-red atop bright scarlet stems. It can be relied upon for a good show from mid-spring through the first few weeks of summer.

Both the blooms and the leaves make long-lasting cuts for indoor arrangements, though you will love the color so much in the partly shaded border that you may have trouble cutting even a little bit. No need to fret, though -- this plant has plenty more where that came from!

For all of this talk of giant leaves, Magic Giant is just 12 to 18 inches high and 18 to 24 inches wide. But it makes a far bigger impression than its size would suggest. Deer and rabbits leave it alone, dry shade and coastal spray do not bother it, and in general it is impervious to changes in soil and weather.

Grow Magic Giant among your Hostas, Ferns, and Lamium. It is a good companion to other perennials as well as shrubs in the border. You simply can't go wrong with this one! Zones 3-8.

Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Bergenia
Bergenia

Planting:

Set plants 10 to 12 inches apart. Bergenia is tolerant of many soil types, succeeding in sun or shade, but will do best in a shady spot in a rich, cool, moisture-retentive soil. (Best winter foliage color, however, is achieved in a sunnier location.) When planting, set crown and their woody rhizomes only slightly below the soils surface.


Maintenance:

Bergenias require virtually no upkeep. They spread by thick stoloniferous roots, and are easily removed from places where they are not wanted. If slugs turn out to be a problem, use a slug bait.


Zones

Zones 4-9

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