For those who do not have space for Gunnera, Darmera is the plant for you; thick fleshy roots bind the earth. Prior to the foliage 3ft stems are topped by pink flower umbels. The foliage, reminiscent of small 12in inverted umbrellas, colours well in the autumn, achieving 3ft in height, requires moist conditions

DARMERA peltata AGM (Peltiphyllum).