More Information About Begonia
The genus Begonia is huge and rapidly growing group with over 1700 tropical and semi-tropical species (as of 2017) . While most recognizable as annual bedding plants or in containers, more and more begonia species have been discovered to be winter-hardy perennials...at least from Zone 8 south. We think you will enjoy our ever-increasing hardy begonia selections to add color to your woodland garden. Those few species that are cold hardy in Zone 8 tend to be summer flowering and fall flowering (in Zone 8 gardens)...but of course in their native tropical habitat or when grown indoors, Begonia species have a wide and varied bloom period.
Begonia species all prefer a lightly shaded environment and a well-drained, consistently moist soil. Established begonia plants are also fairly drought-tolerant. Our begonia selections produce charming flowers in shades of white, pink or red and provide interesting foliage in a variety of shapes. Once they start blooming in early summer, begonia plants continue producing until fall and the flowers are followed by curious dangling, winged seed pods that are also quite ornamental.
We find that hummingbirds love to visit begonia flowers. The long arching stems on some of our begonia selections make them ideal flowering perennials for hanging baskets or containers. Begonia looks good when combined with other semi-shade plants like hosta, heuchera, ferns and carex. When you're ready to buy hardy begonias for your perennial woodland garden, we hope you'll check out our on-line list of hardy begonias for sale.
Some good references for Begonias can be found at the American Begonia Society.