A Guide to the Best Begonias

Begonias are a fantastic summer plant to grow, and very rewarding. In the British climate they will flower abundantly from June right through to October. As such versatile plants they look fabulous in pots or containers on the patio, or equally as beautiful in a flower bed. At J. Parker’s we have a huge range of Begonias to add colour to your garden. Take a look below where we have compiled a few of our favourites from each variety.

Our Begonia Top Picks

DOUBLE BEGONIAS:

Double Exhibition Orange

This Exhibition Begonia has a stunningly large, zesty orange flower which is sure to add “wow” factor to beds and patio containers. The double blooms can reach a huge 15cm in diameter.

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Double Exhibition White

Our White Double also reaches a giant 15cm in diameter. Its pure white petals look angelic against the fresh green foliage, and is great to mix with a brighter colour for an eye-catching display.

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CASCADING BEGONIAS:

Cascading Pink

These pretty pink Cascading Begonias are a lovely addition to hanging baskets, where they will delicately trail over. A favourite of gardeners, the frilled flowers will be in bloom all summer long.

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Cascading Yellow

Our yellow Cascading Begonias add vibrancy to your summer garden. They look beautiful as they spill over hanging baskets and their colourful blooms last all summer long.

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FANCY FRILLS BEGONIAS (FIMBRIATA):

Fancy Frills Red

This Begonia produces luxurious large double blooms with crimped edges, in a beautiful deep crimson colour. Sat upon crisp green foliage it really is a wonderful sight.

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Fancy Frills White

Our pure white Fimbriata Begonia resembles a double carnation in appearance, with its ruffled petals and serrated edges. This flower is ideal for pots, containers, and borders alike.

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MIGHTY MINI BEGONIAS (SUPERBA):

Mighty Mini Superba Orange

The salmon-orange petals of this Superba Begonia add zing to borders and patio pots. These giant flowers look wonderful in the garden or make equally as beautiful cut flowers. Flower from June to October.

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Mighty Mini Superba Yellow

Our Superba Yellow Begonia has giant flowers with exquisite yellow ruffled petals. Blooming all summer, from June to October, it’s sure to add delight to borders and patios.

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NON STOP BEGONIAS:

Non Stop Pink

Non Stop Begonias produce fantastically vibrant flowers, and our Pink variety contrasts beautifully against its green foliage. Flowers from June right through to October.

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Non Stop Salmon

Our Salmon Non Stop Begonia has bright and lively orange coloured petals which blooms virtually non-stop throughout the summer months. They are a lovely addition to pots, bedding and window boxes.

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How to Grow Begonias

TUBEROUS BEGONIAS:

  • Tubers may be started into growth from February onwards. The easiest way is to put them into shallow boxes containing a mixture of loam, leaf mould and sand.
  • They should be started in shallow boxes in light soil; the saucer-like tubers should be planted very shallow with the hollow side up.
  • As soon as any danger of frost has passed they can be transferred to their position in the garden, at least 30cm apart.
  • Begonias are great lovers of moisture and during dry weather they should be water in the early morning or in the evening.

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Must-Have Flowers for 2020

Get Ahead: Plan your Summer Bulb Displays Now

With the new year approaching we can look forward to warmer weather and new growth appearing in our gardens, and now is the perfect time to be thinking of your summer display. Summer-flowering bulbs add an injection of colour to any garden and make for eye-catching borders and displays. Whilst often planted out in spring, many bulbs are suited to being planted as early as February. Be one step ahead and take inspiration from our selection below of Must-Have Flowers for 2020!

Summer Flower Top-Picks:

Lilies

Lilies add a touch of the exotic to the garden, and their large, brightly coloured heads are bound to attract the eye. These flowers are a striking addition to pots and borders and provide a beautiful scent. Planting time is December to April.

Lily Mona Lisa

This Dwarf Oriental Lily is a must for fronts of garden borders, or perfect in a patio pot or container. With a wonderful fragrance, these lilies would also make a lovely cut flower arrangement.

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Lily Red Twin

Our Double Flowering Asiatic Lily produces an abundance of vibrant deep red-orange flowers, and is sure to liven up any display or border.

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Lily Butter Pixie

The bright zesty petals of this Dwarf Asiatic Lily contrast splendidly with its glossy dark leaves, and is a refreshing addition to front of border displays.

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Begonia

Begonias are extremely popular for their versatility and reliability. From hanging baskets and window boxes to borders and pots, these colourful favourites are a  centerpiece in the garden. Planting time is from February onwards.

Begonia Richard GaLLE

Begonia Multiflora Richard Galle produces clusters of apricot-orange flowers with hints of yellow. They have a fantastic flowering period from June right through to October.

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Begonia Double Pink

Our Begonia Double Pink has spectacularly large bright pink blooms which can reach a diameter of 15cm. The tubers can be lifted, stored, and replanted the following year making them great value.

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Begonia Fancy Frills Yellow 

Begonia Fancy Frills is a sunshine yellow Fimbriata Begonia with bright ruffled petals. This flower is sure to bring sun to any garden.

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Gladioli

Gladioli are a classic flower which have added excitement to summer displays for generations. Available in an array of bright and bold colours, they are often referred to as the ‘sword lily’ for their blade-shaped foliage. Planting time is early March to May.

Gladioli Video

The Gladioli Video yields elegant lavender-pink petals from tall flower spikes, reaching a mature height of 90cm. Perfect for adding height to borders.

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Gladioli Cha Cha

Our Gladioli Cha Cha has beautiful butter yellow flowers which are sure to brighten up any border or summer display.

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Gladioli Espresso

The Gladioli Espresso produces striking velvety-red flowers with contrasting white stamens. This large, vibrant flower will bring excitement to any garden this summer.

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Eucomis

Eucomis descend from South Africa and have an unusual pineapple shape. Their long-lasting flowers and attractive foliage are an exotic feature point of borders, pots and flowerbeds. Planting time is from February, if into pots and containers.

Eucomis Sparkling Rosy

The Eucomis Sparkling Rosy gives deep maroon flowers in summer and follows with delicate pale pink star-shaped flowers, nestled between glossy green foliage.

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Eucomis Bicolour

This Eucomis Bicolour most lives up to the name of ‘pineapple lily, as it’s flowers bear a striking resemblance to the fruit. It’s petals are pale green an edged with maroon.

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Eucomis Autmnalis Alba

Our Eucomis Autumnalis Alba produces white flower spikes with a bright green tuft, atop broad, wavy edged leaves.

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Bulb Planting: A Guide

The general rule for planting bulbs is to dig deeper than the obvious. The usual guide is two to three times the depth of the bulb itself, however you will do less harm by planting too deep than too shallow. The other general rule is that bulbs need good drainage. The best way to achieve this is to mix grit into the general area or container of planting.

Many summer bulbs are ideal for growing in patio containers, especially tender species. These can then be lifted in winter and stored.

Step by Step:

Planting in borders:

  • Dig a hole wide and deep enough for your bulbs. Most bulbs require planting in a hole two to three times their depth.
  • Place the bulbs in the hole with their shoot facing upwards. Space them at least twice the bulb’s own width apart.
  • Replace the soil and gently firm. Avoid treading on the soil as this can damage the bulbs.

Planting in containers:

  • Dig a hole three times the bub depth, and plant the bulbs one width apart.
  • Water bulbs once after planting then regularly when in active growth. Reduce watering once the leaves die down through the dormant season.
  • If you bring pots of hardy bulbs indoors for flowering, put them in a sheltered spot outside as soon as flowering is over.

Looking for more information on planting our bulbs? Below you can find a selection of videos from our resident plant expert Jeff Turner explaining how best to plant your Summer Bulbs.

How to Plant Eucomis (Pineapple Lily): Summer Garden Guide
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