Since my June 3 Post, “Beguiling Begonias”, the stars of the piece have been in continuous, glorious bloom, admired by one and all. And they show no sign of stopping. Outstanding annuals for outdoor containers!
My favorite? A difficult choice, but based on flower and foliage I guess B. x benariensis ‘Whopper Red with Bronze Leaf’ has a slight edge. (Recent photos below).
With the advent of autumn, Begonia grandis jumps in and demands equal billing. This winter-hardy, low-growing perennial is one tough customer. Years ago it began life in a shady border and when attacked by voles packed its bags and moved to the safety of the adjacent gravel path where it thrives and self-seeds. I never cease to marvel at the ingenuity of plants.
The begonia has lovely, heart-shaped green leaves with bright, reddish-maroon veined undersides, and clusters of Fall-blooming, pendent, dainty white blossoms. (Photos below). While there is also a pink flowering form—an equally vigorous, reliable bloomer—I favor white flowers because they stand out better in shade, Begonia grandis’s preferred location. With well-drained soil and adequate moisture the plant will prosper.