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…
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A couple of weeks ago Lovely Christine asked me to write about mixed plantings in containers. She wanted to do something outside the front door. At the time I was only prepared to do an article about window boxes. She liked that one, but I kept looking at container gardens wherever I went and got some good pictures. I will add to these as I visit more gardens.
The most important thing to remember in planting container gardens is plant compatibility. This means that the plants you use all require similar light and water conditions. A good dose of liquid fertilizer every week during the summer will ensure outstanding success.
Here is a combination of red begonia and yellow lantana. It should be magnificent in a month or two.
Sometimes a single plant is all that is needed. This is a specimen variety of angel wing begonia in…
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