The Bedding or Fibrous-rootedis one of the most useful of all summer bedding plants because it can thrive where most are distinctly unhappy – in the shade under trees. The plants will provide rich colour even when they are in shadow for much of the day provided you follow these rules – buy good stock, don’t plant out until June, enrich the soil with humus and water when it is dry.
VARIETIES: B. semperf lorens is available in a wide range of flower colours (white, pink, red),colours (green, copper, bronze) and heights. Dwarf varieties are the most popular and include ‘Organdy’ (mixed colours, green ), ‘Cocktail’ (mixed colours, bronze ) and ‘Thousand Wonders White’ (white , green leaves). The best tall Begonia is ‘Danica’ (large red or pink flowers, red leaves).
SITE AND SOIL: Thrives best in humus-rich soil and partial shade.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 6 in.-1.5 ft.
Spacing: 5-15 in.
Flowering period: June-September.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique. Usually bought as bedding plants –from is not easy.