Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Beautiful Begonias

While looking over my past blog entries the other day (isn't blogging a wonderful way to record the garden?) I noticed that I only had one begonia post. This surprised me because I love begonias of all kinds and have many of them throughout the garden, but especially in containers near our front doors.
I went through a phase a few years ago where I collected tuberous, angel wing and rex begonias and labeled them all with their unique names.
I even considered joining the Begonia Society, but never got around to it. Here are a few of the ones I still have and enjoy.
I think one of my favorite things about them is that they do so well in containers and I also love to collect containers.

Begonias show off the container without overpowering it.

6 comments:

Northern Shade said...

The begonia in the last photo is striking, with its light purple and silver tones and the dark veins.
Your terra cotta planters look great with the columns.

Anna said...

I am thinking of using these next year on my porches. I have a 10ft overhang. Will they take that much shade? Yours are beautiful.

Sheila said...

Anna, absolutely! Begonias do great in the shade!

Kathleen said...

You have a nice collection of assorted begonias Sheila. I love them for shade too but mostly I've grown the tuberous variety. I may have to consider trying a few new ones. I agree with Northern Shade about the foliage of the last one pictured.

lostlandscape said...

Thanks for sharing more of your begonias. They're really beautiful in the pots you have. I went to a begonia show X years ago and was blown away by the variety of species and hybrids that you don't ordinarily find in the stores.

I've wandered in and out of various plant societies over the years, and they're great ways to learn about the plants in question. But they do end up being large commitments. I can see your reservation about joining a begonia society. At least with the web there's a lot of information out there, along with much easier access to specialist nurseries. After seeing you images I'm inspired--There's a blank spot in the shade...maybe one of the larger-growing species types with interesting foliage...

Signe said...

Last year I had begonia rex in containers in shade. It was wery beautiful and I think next year I will have some of them again.