I love begonias. That may sound like a strange obsession for a “forest gardener”, but it is my strange obsession.
I remember buying a hanging basket of blooming angel wing Begonias with tiny dark burgundy and green leaves at the farmer’s market when I was living in a third floor walk up. It made my small screened in porch more beautiful, and made me happy. Since then, I’ve always had a soft spot for adding beautiful begonia plants to my collection.
There are thousands of cultivars in the genus Begonia. Whether grown for their outrageous leaves or their abundant bright flowers, Begonias can be found from tiny to tremendous.
Begonias work in a forest garden because they appreciate shade. Although some, like the new Dragon Wing cultivars and Begonia “Bolivienses” can take hours of sun each day, most are quite happy growing in permanent shade. They also require very little care. Most like to…