PLANT OF THE MONTH

EDP Norfolk - - GARDEN GUIDE -

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.

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