Good fillers for volume include busy Lizzies or begonia semperflorens
Alternatives include Begonia semperflorens
, reliable in sun or shade, with a tight tidy habit.
Think of the dainty and low growing Begonia semperflorens
and then think of it 10 times larger - that is about the sum of Begonia Big.
produce even, compact growth so they are ideal for edging borders.
These are the large-flowered varieties that grow from tubers, not to be confused with other types such as Begonia semperflorens
which have small red, pink and white flowers and fibrous roots, those with beautiful coloured and patterned leaves, like Begonia rex , or the tall, spotted-leaved Begonia coccinea , with delicate, cascading flowers.
That said, I'm always keen on saving what I can around the garden and if you're on a tight budget there's nothing wrong with potting up plants such as the begonia semperflorens
IF you fancy a quality display of bedding for the summer, you should be starting to sow early annuals like begonia semperflorens
, sweet peas, and tobacco plants.
Small seed is hard to sow especially dust-like seeds such as begonia semperflorens
, at 70,000 seeds a gram, or lobelia at 25,000 a gramme.
Use a heated propagator to sow halfhardy annuals and other bedding plants including antirrhinums, African marigolds, Begonia semperflorens
, gazanias and lobelias.
The hardwearing ceramic tile floor has four squares filled with sparkling white gravel which are a foil for dark-leaved Begonia semperflorens
Their cousins, Begonia semperflorens
, the fibrous-rooted species with small, red, pink or white flowers and often bronze leaves are not as spectacular but make excellent carpet bedding.
If you have decided to colour theme choose medium-size foliage and flowering plants that match the colour of your centrepiece plant, for example, red begonia semperflorens
would go nicely with the red leaf cordyline.
- supremely reliable if a little dull.
Most homes will have at least representative of the Genus, even if it is only a few Begonia semperflorens
planted up in a container for summer colour.
SOW Begonia semperflorens
, snapdragons, lobelia and African marigolds to provide plants for summer-flowering patio pots.