Begonias are great in the shade garden. They're really easy to take care of and many varieties can survive the winter, even in colder climates if you put them around the eaves or mulch them real well. So, Begonias, you really need to have in your shade garden because you're just going to love them.
This particular variety is actually a cross between a Daffodil and a Begonia, if you can believe that one. It's a Narcissus Begonia called Daffodil Salmon. And, they've actually crossed a summer with a spring blooming plant and a shade with a sun plant. So, it's just has broken all of the botanical rules and that's what I love about planting in the shade, is that plants break rules. When planting Begonias, there's kind of a bumpy side and a round side. The bumps go up, the round goes down and when in doubt, go sideways. When planting in the ground or a basket, I like to pack it. So, even in a smaller basket I'll put five or seven bulbs together and just put them really close together so that they can really show. On this upright Begonia you can plant it in a container and it trails just a little bit or you can plant it in the ground and it will come up about one foot with big salmon colored Daffodil shaped flowers; that are really unique, unlike any other Begonia in the world. And, because it's a cross with a Daffodil, I've put them around the eaves and they've made made it for five years and I haven't lost them yet. Even in the coldest winters in the North West. So, whether you put them in a pot and bring the pot inside or you leave them outside and you mulch them, they are a great addition to your shade garden. Next, we'll talk about an upright Begonia called Picotee Lace Red.