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Graham Rice on Trials

Updates on trials and awards from the Royal Horticultural Society by Graham Rice

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  • Flowering bergenias

    Graham Rice on 26 Apr 2010 at 06:21 PM

    When I was at the RHS Garden at Wisley the other day, most of the bergenias from the recent trial were still in place and were flowering away merrily. It was good to see how prolific some of them are. Three in particular caught my eye, all very different and all with less common species blood. One of... Read More...

  • Bergenias - flowers and foliage

    Graham Rice on 12 May 2009 at 12:16 PM

    I've mentioned the bergenia trial a few times here, it's been one of the most interesting perennial trials of recent years. And at a recent assessment session plantsman and retired nurseryman Chris Sanders suggested that however good its flowers might be, no bergenia should be given an Award... Read More...

  • Bergenias in a frost pocket

    Graham Rice on 15 Apr 2009 at 05:49 PM

    Looking over the Wisley bergenia trial two or three times recently, an unfortunate conundrum emerges. If the flowers stand up well above the foliage so they show themselves off to the full, with a chance to really enliven the spring garden - they get frosted. If they open on shorter stems, down amongst... Read More...

  • Bergenias after the snow

    Graham Rice on 25 Feb 2009 at 02:03 PM

    The icy and snowy weather earlier this month revealed one way in which the Wisley trials are so useful. One of the most valuable features of bergenias is their winter foliage colour and the recent weather has put them to the test - some retained their foliage and were revealed in glorious colour when... Read More...