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Used in containers, hanging baskets and bedding schemes, begonias provide continuous colour throughout the summer until the first frosts. They are easy to care for and all grow well in partial shade.
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Tuberous begonias are ideally suited to growing in containers and hanging baskets, whilst fibrous rooted begonias make an attractive addition to summer bedding schemes.
Begonias for the garden have different cultivation needs so the notes below will help guide you to success.
Cultivars which are usually derived from Begonia × tuberhybrida are a favourite of gardeners for their bright colours and long flowering season. Male and female flowers are borne separately on the same plant, the male flowers being the showiest. Selections and hybrids of B. boliviensis such as Begonia ‘Million Kisses’ are also available and are excellent free flowering plants for baskets and pots.
Hardy tuberous begonia can be an exotic addition to shady borders particularly in late summer. The most hardy to try is Begonia grandis subsp. evansiana AGM, which is hardy down to 0°C (32°F).
These fibrous-rooted, tender perennial begonias are usually grown as annuals. Their flowers can be white, pink or red and are produced throughout the summer until the first frosts. The compact plants can also have attractive foliage. They are one of the few bedding plants that are satisfactory in partial shade. Grow from seed or buy young plants.
If growing tuberous begonias for show the female flowers can be removed but there is no need to do this for garden displays. The stem and foliage can be brittle so support with canes as the plant grows.
Tuberous and semperflorens begonias have different growing habits and therefore require different propagation methods.
Begonia ‘Million Kisses’ series: features plants with a semi-trailing habit and which are ideal for hanging baskets and containers. Begonia (Million Kisses Series) ‘Yadev’= Devotion AGM: features slender, sharply pointed green leaves, neatly edged in pale pink, and bright velvety red, pendulous flowers held on pink stems. Plants reach about 40-45cm (16-18in) high through into October, and don’t need deadheading. Begonia (Illumination Series): a series of cascading begonias, excellent for hanging baskets and available in a range of colours.Begonia (Illumination Series) ‘Illumination Orange’ AGM: Vivid red-orange semi-double flowers on red stems, held over hairy green foliage with yellow-orange margins. Begonia 'Ambassador Rose' (ambassador series): is a free-flowering semperflorens begonia to 20cm, with glossy, red-edged green foliage and single pink flowers with yellow stamens, produced all summer.
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