Begonias will bring a riot of flamboyant colour to your garden from June to October. They’re perfectly at home in pots, borders or hanging baskets; perfect for a shadier garden or even as houseplants. Read on for all you need to know about choosing, growing and caring for Begonia plants.
Choose your Begonia Plants
Begonias make an eyecatching hanging basket - the best varieties are Illumination and Starshine, or for a larger basket we recommend Devil's Delight. Begonia plants are hugely versatile, and suited to beds or pots. For borders we love Magic Sunburstand Flamboyant. Foliage Begonias can even be grown as houseplants - Megawatt Rose Bronze Leafis ideal.
Where to grow Begonia Plants
Begonias are best grown out of direct sunlight, which can scorch their leaves. Plant them in a spot with dappled sun or partial shade and avoid South facing areas. These versatile plants can be grown in hanging baskets, pots, beds and borders - they look especially dramatic in a large single-colour display by themselves.
Begonia Plant Care Tips
Plant your Begonias in peat-free general purpose compost only when the chance of frosts has passed. Water your plants regularly, feed weekly with a high potash fertiliser and deadhead them to encourage more flowers. For more Begonia tips and advice, see our Full Care Guide.