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Talk about foolproof: Annual begonia is about as easy as it gets. It does well in a variety of conditions, but to keep it its most luxuriant best, give it light shade; rich, well-drained soil; and ample water. It also loves plenty of fertilizer, so be generous.
Plant annual begonias in spring after all danger of frost has passed. No need to deadhead this flower unless you want to, it's "self-cleaning!"
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'Bellagio Apricot' begonia
Begonia 'Bellagio Apricot' is a double-flowering begonia for shade with pendulous apricot flowers perfect for hanging baskets. It grows 14 inches tall and 2 feet wide.
'Bellagio Blush' begonia
Begonia 'Bellagio Blush' bears double white flowers. It grows 14 inches tall and 2 feet wide and prefers full shade.
'Bellagio Pink' begonia
Begonia 'Bellagio Pink' is a double-flowering begonia for shade with pendulous bright pink flowers perfect for hanging baskets. It grows 14 inches tall and 2 feet wide.
'Big Red with Green Leaf' begonia
Begonia 'Big Red with Grean Leaf' bears red-pink flowers on a tough, vigorous plant that grows 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
'Big Rose with Bronze Leaf' begonia
Begonia 'Big Rose with Bronze Leaf' bears big pink flowers and purple-bronze leaves on a strong, vigorous plant that grows 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
Begonia 'Bonfire' offers glowing orange flowers and narrow, bronzy-green leaves. It's especially effective in containers. It grows 20 inches tall and wide.
'Cocktail Vodka' begonia
Begonia 'Cocktail Vodka' offers deep purple-red leaves and bright red flowers all season long. It grows 7 inches tall and wide.
'Cocktail Whiskey' begonia
Begonia 'Cocktail Whiskey' offers rich bronzy-green leaves and crisp white flowers from spring to fall. It grows 7 inches tall and wide.
'Doublet Rose' begonia
Begonia 'Doublet Rose' shows off double rose-pink blooms over bronze foliage. It grows 6 inches tall and wide.
'Doublet White' begonia
Begonia 'Doublet White' offers showy double white blooms over dark green foliage. It grows 6 inches tall and wide.
'Dragon Wing Red' begonia
Begonia 'Dragon Wing Red' offers large red flowers on big plants that can grow 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
'Mandalay Pearl' begonia
Begonia 'Mandalay Pearl' produces airy white blooms all summer long -- no matter how hot it gets -- and thrives in full sun. It grows 1 foot tall and 30 inches wide.
'Sprint Scarlet' begonia
Begonia 'Sprint Scarlet' offers large red flowers over medium green leaves on compact plants. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.
'Super Olympia Coral' begonia
Begonia 'Super Olympia Coral' offers large coral-pink flowers over shiny green leaves. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.
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What would we do without impatiens? It's the old reliable for shade gardens when you want eye-popping color all season long. The plants bloom in just about every color except true blue and are well suited to growing in containers or in the ground. If you have a bright spot indoors, you may be able to grow impatiens all year as an indoor plant.
There are few blues more intense and gorgeous than those found on annual lobelia. The mounding type, called edging lobelia, is beautiful for planting in rows in the front of beds and borders. The cascading type is stunning, like a sapphire waterfall, spilling from window boxes or pots.Annual lobelia is in its glory during the cool weather of spring and fall. Except for cool-summer areas, such as the Pacific Northwest or higher altitudes, lobelia stops flowering during the heat of summer. Shear the plant back when this happens, and it will likely rebloom come fall.
Tired of impatiens? Try this enchanting little wishbone flower, also dubbed clown flower for its vividly marked flowers that are said to resemble the face of a clown. It's a wonderful, relatively new choice for shade. The flower shape resembles tiny snapdragons, mouths wide open and showing off delicate throats marked with a contrasting color.Torenia grows easily from seed sown indoors in pots or outdoors in the ground. This little clown flower blooms nonstop until frost.