Many gardeners don't use the begonias in their landscapes. At one time this was a prized plant but then they sort of lost favor. Maybe it is because they are cold sensitive or maybe they have not been available. Some just got tired of the wax begonias but there are many more types.
- Most seem to grow best in a container. This makes them mobile and they can be moved during the cold
- Use a good potting soil in containers. Try to avoid soils that are mainly peat.
- Keep the soil moist but avoid wet conditions.
- Use a slow release fertilizer. This stretches the time between feeding so we don't forget.
- Groom plants as needed to keep them compact and with many branches.
Lastly shop around. There are lots of begonias but you have to look for them. Plant shows are often a good place to find them. Try some of the different types in a shady spot to have summer foliage and color.