Rodgersia is a wise choice if you have a large border to fill and want a plant which bears bold and colourfulas well as summer . The blooms are tiny, appearing in plumelike spikes, and the large divided give Rodgersia an exotic look. It is slow growing, requiring both light shade and moist soil to make it feel at home. Add plenty of , mould or peat at planting time and mulch around the leaves in spring. Water in dry weather and cut back the in autumn.
VARIETIES: If you can grow only one variety then choose R. pinnata superba – height 3-4 ft. Spacing 4 ft.
Flowering period: July-August. The toothed and divided leaves are bronze-coloured when young and theare deep pink. R. aesculifolia is somewhat similar, its large Horse Chestnut-like leaves displaying a metallic bronzy sheen but its flowers are white. Other garden species include R. podophylla (3-4 ft. cream flowers) and the largest-leaved Rodgersia of all – R. tabularis (3-4 ft. white flowers).
SITE AND SOIL: Any moisture-retentive soil will do – thrives best in partial shade.
PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring.