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Beautiful begonias

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Begonias are not your Grandmas begonias anymore! There are all kinds of improvements in begonias and here are some great examples of them. There are ground cover begonias that grow in the shade, where you would normally think of the begonia. They are like regular begonias, but larger. That's why they are called the Big series. They have the same color palette as regular begonias from the whites, to the pinks, to the reds with either green, or red colored foliage. But just everything is bigger.

Now if you want something unusual in the begonia world, you can try the Tuberous begonias. They are the beautiful, classic, hanging basket plants. They have tubers, the little root pieces in the ground, that grow into these beautiful single or double flowers that cascade down. The color range is just enormous. It goes from gold to a deep red. They all like shade. But the tuberous begonia, don't like a lot of rain on the leaves or they can get really discolored quickly. So if you have a place under a pergola or under a tree, that's a good place to grow them.

Now if you wanted something really different, get to the Whopper series! They have huge, 3-inch diameter flowers on them. And the big selling point with these Whopper series, which is new this year, is that they love full sun! They are heat and full sun tolerant. They are gorgeous in full sun and just as beautiful as they would be in the shade. They can grow in sun or shade and the colors don't fade, they don't bleach out and they're just gorgeous in containers or in the landscape.

By Charlie Nardozzi

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