We might be telling you to give growing begonias a go, but where do you start? You’re bound to be spoilt for choice by our begonia selection, so let me recommend my hot shots for 2014.

Begonia ‘Whopper’
This is the ‘big daddy’ of bedding begonias! When compared to a usual begonia semperflorens,’Whopper’ looks like it’s on steroids! The vigour and energy of this begonia is invaluable in beds and borders. I keep on urging people to grow ‘landscape’ style bedding; by using larger, more vigorous plants you’ll need less plants as they cover more ground. You’ll also need to do less weeding and watering as those plants hug the ground!

Growing begonias - where do you start?

The size of the blooms on begonia ‘Whopper’ is staggering

Begonia ‘Sunlovers Collection’
We often advocate begonias as being ideal for shade, but now there’s one which is equally happy in the sun! It took years of breeding and selection to create the ‘Sunlovers’ collection, and what we have is a range of upright, non-flop begonias with healthy smatterings of button-like blooms, in almost every colour of the rainbow. I love these, they look modern and contemporary, try them in shiny pots, or even as bedding. They’re tough, come rain or shine.

Growing begonias - where do you start?

Perfect for sunny spots

Begonia ‘Perfectly Pink’
This fresh-looking begonia is part of a preview into the begonias of the future: robust, larger-flowered and with that essential weather resistance. You’d usually expect a begonia with such a large, open bloom to succumb to downpours, but not ‘Perfectly Pink’, the plants shrug off rain, no problem!

Growing begonias - where do you start?

Stands up to downpours

Begonia ‘Patio Apricot Shades’
This one’s been around a few years now, but don’t overlook it, as it’s the brightest patio plant you can find. We’ve been selling the trailing version of ‘Apricot Shades’ for almost twenty years now, and it’s about time there was a patio version! Shady back doors, ugly corners of the patio, they’ll all be transformed with this superb patio variety. Flower heads are held neatly above the leaves, so you’re always guaranteed colour.

Growing begonias - where do you start?

The patio version of ‘Apricot Shades’