A Begonia Sampler

Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘Lace Pink’ (syn. ‘AMERIHYBRID Lace Pink’, ‘Picotee Pink Lace’) – This tuberous begonia features soft to mid pink fully double blooms (4″+ wide) with serrated petal edges and a white picotee. It prefers part to full shade and the tubers can be saved by lifting after light frost, allowing to dry and storing in a cool frost-free site. Grows 6-12″ high by 12-18″. Zone 9.

Begonia x hybrida DRAGON WING RED (syn. ‘Bepared’) – An F1 hybrid begonia with small bright red flowers (held on dangling stems) borne from late May to October. As the name implies, it has glossy green birdwing-shaped foliage that is an important  part of the overall display. It has a semi-trailing habit that looks great in containers. Grows 18-24″ high and wide. Zone 10.

Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘Pendula Yellow Double’ – This is more or less the generic name for pendulous tuberous begonias with double yellow flowers that are usually not as large as upright forms, but abundant. Most gardeners plant 3 tubers in your average 12″ pot or hanging basket for a showy June to September flower display. Grows 8″ high by 10-12″ wide. Zone 9.

Begonia boliviensis ‘BONFIRE Chocolate Red’ – This unusual begonia tolerates some sun here in coastal BC and bears small 2″ long reddish-orange blooms in abundance from late spring into autumn. The flowers are nicely contrasted by lance-shaped bronze to coppery-green leaves with serrated edges and a thin red margin. Grows 12-20″ high by 20-24″ wide. Hardy to zone 9.

Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘ILLUMINATION Golden Picotee’ – This tuberous begonia can be grown from seed and features 3.5 to 4.5″ wide blooms of a rich apricot to orange, with a bright red edge or picotee. It is a Proven Winner selection that sets flowers at each internode and is a good choice for growing in hanging baskets. Grows 8-10″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 9.

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