Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Gunnera

4 Comments:

Blogger Mia, the Nature Nut said...

I have not had luck with Gunnera or Rodgersia overwintering.

I really like dramatic foliage - I had several ornamental rhubarbs in my Riverwood garden. They were pretty neat. Don't have the room right now (need to make more beds).

Great pics!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I have the perfect conditions for gunnera. It is really swampy in the back corner. I plant it two years ago and I can't believe how huge it has gotten. I love it! I do feed it alot too.

2:42 PM  
Blogger ScbNymph said...

I love your Gunnera, I have never come across this plant / shrub before. Can you give me more of an idea as to what conditions it enjoys?? Does it like sun or shade?? I'm in Zone 5 so will it need over-wintering inside (I hope not)??

9:16 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This is a zone 7 plant. It loves moist to wet soil in sun to part shade. Mine is in quite a bit of shade. When the frost kills the leaves I cut them off and place them in layers over the plant. (I put tons of chopped leaves over the crown first. Then I place a large plastic container over the top to keep excess rain off it. I know some people build a wooden box to place over it. As it gets larger I might have to do this. In the spring,after any chance of a hard frost I slowly take off the layers. It requires pampering but I think it is worth it. It also requires alot of room.

10:23 AM  

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