(Purpleleaf Japanese Barberry, Royal Cloak Barberry)
Purpleleaf Japanese barberry is a dense, upright to arching shrub that originates from eastern Asia. It has glossy, red-purple leaves that emerge red turn shades of red, purple and orange in fall. In spring, small but showy yellow flowers cover 'Royal Cloak'. Bright red berries, which are attractive to birds, appear in late summer to fall and persist long after the leaves are shed in the fall.
This is a tough, fast-growing and sun-loving plant that is tolerant of many soil types and urban sites....
Gerald L. Klingaman
A rather tidy, dense shrub with stiffly arching branches, the warted barberry gets its name from the small raised bumps on its otherwise smooth bark. This evergreen shrub is native to west-central China. Three-part spines line the branches.
Warty barberry's leathery, rich green leaves are tipped with spines. Leaf undersides are gray-white. In winter's cold, the leaves may turn red, or simply blush mahogany or bronze-burgundy. In late spring, golden flowers appear on twigs tucked under the leaves....
James H. Schutte
(Gladwyn Barberry, William Penn Barberry)
This popular cultivar has a mounded to spreading habit and deep green foliage that turns bronze hues in winter.
Gladwyn's barberry is a beautiful, but thorny, evergreen that is a hybrid cross between Berberis verruculosa and Berberis gagnepainii. It is grown for its glossy, spiny, evergreen leaves that turn bronze in winter. This medium sized shrub is also graced with showy yellow flowers in mid to late spring. The flowers are followed by small blue-black fruits that offer...
(Mentor Hybrid Barberry)
The Mentor barberry is an exceptionally resilient shrub for hedging and deterring trespassers. It originated in Mentor, Ohio, as a hybridization between wintergreen barberry (Berberis julianae) and Japanese barberry (B. thunbergii). Slender yellowish yet stiff branch shoots grow from this generally rounded but upright shrub that's semi-evergreen. The colder the winter, the progressively more deciduous it becomes.
The new foliage in springtime is chartreuse-green, and then matures...
Blooms of Bressingham
(Bergenia, Bressingham Ruby Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak)
This selection of Bergenia, ‘Bressingham Ruby,’ has the distinction of dramatic color in autumn and winter, vivid flowers and compact habit. Like other bergenias, it is a low, evergreen perennial with large, rounded, glossy green leaves that grow from a wandering fleshy root in an unruly clump. In mid to late spring the plant sends up tall, thick stems that end in a generous cluster of small, rose-red flowers. In late fall and through winter the leaves are dark maroon and shiny. By spring, some may...
Blooms of Bressingham
(Bergenia, Bressingham White Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak)
This selection of Bergenia, ‘Bressingham White’ has the distinction of profuse flowering, compact habit, and glossy leaves. Like other bergenias, it is a low, evergreen perennial with large, rounded green leaves that grow from a wandering fleshy root in an unruly clump. In mid to late spring the plant sends up tall, thick stems that end in a generous cluster of small, white flowers. In late fall and through winter the leaves turn shades of maroon. By spring, some may look weatherbeaten and should...
(Bergenia, Eden's Dark Margin Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak)
This selection of Bergenia, ‘Eden’s Dark Margin,’ has the distinction of a thin line of red on the edge of its leaves. Like other bergenias, it is a low-growing, evergreen perennial with rounded green leaves with red undersides that grow from a wandering fleshy root and barely rise free of the ground. In mid to late spring the plant sends up short, thick stems, often purple, that end in a radiating cluster of small, magenta-pink flowers. In winter, the leaves turn shades of maroon. By spring, some...
(Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak, Sunningdale Bergenia)
A hybrid bergenia, ‘Sunningdale’ grows as a spreading clump of large rounded leaves and flowers on fleshy stalks. Like other bergenias, it is a low-growing, evergreen perennial, its leaves rising from a wandering fleshy root, growing close together and upright in an unruly mat. In mid to late spring the plant sends up knee-high, red stems topped by a cluster of small, magenta flowers. In winter, the leaves turn shades of copper-red. By spring, some may look weatherbeaten and should be removed.
A slow spreading, clump-forming, evergreen perennial, bergenia is a good plant for semi-shady areas. The Bressingham series plants have been bred for their abundant spring blooms, compact habit and shiny, leathery dark green leaves which sometimes turn bronze in late fall and winter. The flowers are held in upright clusters above the leaves. They prefer moist, humusy soil but will tolerate short periods of drought. A nice plant for the woodland border or as a ground cover for small areas.