Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs, Flowers
Grown for textured, multicolored foliage, saucer-size flowers, or lacy clusters of smaller blooms.
Grow as perennials in Zones 14–24, H1, and H2, except as noted. Can also be grown as annuals anywhere or dug and stored. Outdoors, most grow best in pots in the ground or in hanging baskets in filtered shade, with rich, porous, fast-draining soil, consistent but light feeding, and enough water to keep soil moist but not soggy. Most thrive as indoor plants, in a greenhouse, or under a lath. Some prefer terrarium conditions. Almost all require at least moderate humidity. In areas with hot, dry summers or indoors in winter, set pots in pebble-lined saucers or trays kept filled with water to below pot level.
Most are easily propagated from leaf, stem, or rhizome cuttings. They also grow from dust-fine seed. Of the many hundreds of species and varieties, relatively few are sold widely.
These are essentially small-flowered, profuse-blooming tuberous begonias. They are bushy and compact plants to 1–1 1/2 ft. tall and wide, with profuse bloom in carmine, scarlet, orange, yellow, apricot, salmon, or pink. Includes the popular Nonstop and Pin Up strains.
Most are virtually indestructible plants with long, trailing stems. Usually seen in containers or hang...
Perennial. From Australia. Variable. Some forms are prostrate, others upright to 2 1/2 ft.; fleshy ste...
Leaves arch gracefully, drooping at the tips; they grow to 4–5 ft. long and 2 1/2–3 in. wi...