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There are thousands of varieties and hybrids of Begonia available today – including the brand new and extremely striking Giant Flowered Begonia! To celebrate the release of this new plant, we are uncovering the secret and varied world of Begonias in this special edition post!

Versatile enough to satisfy the OG gardeners, as well as the new generation of millennial gardeners, it’s safe to say that Begonias are back in fashion. These are no longer seen as old-fashioned plants – instead, they’re easy-to-grow staples for the modern garden.

With so many varieties available, and with most being super easy to grow, it’s no wonder why everyone wants this plant in their gardens.

Read on to find out about 7 types of Begonia that are quite different!

1. Begonia x benariensis ‘Big’


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It’s the classic, but have you seen Begonia BIG? This collection of Begonia semperflorens was selected by German experts, Benary, and it’s a monster variety that produces high impact colour and large flowers all season. It’s 3 times the size of a standard Begonia semperflorens. Plus, it’s self-cleaning, which means the faded flowers simply fall away naturally, or are covered over by new blossoms… that means less maintenance for you!

2. Begonia pavonina – The Peacock Begonia


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This plant is known for its iridescence, and that’s how it’s able to grow on the dark rainforest floor. With an ever so fancy nickname: the ‘Peacock Begonia’. When light hits the leaves of this Begonia at a certain angle, the surface of the leaves appear to turn an vibrant blue shade, but it’s really designed to maximise light collection in those shady spots. Plants are clever, huh!

3. Begonia convolvulacea


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This is a climbing Begonia, would you Adam and Eve it?! The amazing Begonia convolvulacea can grow up to two metres tall, and looks like an IVY, without the invasive characteristics, and with those familiar Begonia blossoms. Rare and hard to find!

4. Fragrant Begonia ‘Sweet Spice’ Series


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Fragrant Begonias are an innovation from just outside Cambridge! They have taken a lot of work over the years, as the original plants with that fragrance gene are actually winter flowering, so the pollen needs freezing for summer pollination!

Unusually, the blooms of any Begonia are fragrant whatever the weather, as the scent is held in the petals,  not the oils of the flower. That means it doesn’t need warming up before the aroma is released, quite different to many of the fragrant plants in our gardens. ‘Sweet Spice’ are noted for their English weather suitability, too.

5. Begonia ‘Darth Vader’


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A Borneo native, the Begonia Darth Vader is a mystical and vampy plant, with its super dark leaves, etched in luminous green. This plant is in high demand, and some cuttings have changed hands for over £350!!

6. Begonia Polka Dot

Begonia Polka Dot

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If you adore houseplants and have followed the seismic shift in interest towards houseplants in recent years, you’ll have probably noticed that the Begonia Polka Dot has made a name for itself as THE houseplant to have right now. It amazes me, as this was a plant I grew during my childhood, and could’ve have imagined the level of popularity it soon reach!

Polka Dot Begonias are fuss-free houseplants, which are also fun and easy to propagate. Quite a good ‘first plant’ specimen for a child.

7. Begonia luxurians

Begonia luxurians

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Begonia luxurians, or the Palm Leaf Begonia, is a Brazilian rainforest native which looks a bit like a palm tree! It has dark green leaves with coppery undersides, and as such is very popular in ornamental foliage displays. Stick around for the clusters of pretty white and yellow flowers!

What do you think of these 7 Begonias? Let me know in the comment section below!

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