PLANT OF THE MONTH
Begonia grandis subsp. evansiana
I have grown this amazing begonia for many years and it has proved to be remarkably hardy. Its heart-shaped leaves, beautifully flushed red on the undersides, emerge in May, then from July to the first frosts it produces a succession of small soft pink flowers (or white on the Alba variety). It makes an excellent addition to any shady or semi-shaded border even under trees. Evansiana can also be easily propagated by the small bulbils which are produced in late summer. These can be sown in a seed tray in autumn and potted on when they start to grow away in spring.