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Can I grow trailing begonias in the ground .

Hi Folks,

it always seems to be that I fall in love with plants that aren't suitable for what I want lol.

i have 2 semicircle beds against a hedge ( sun for 2/3 of the day) and want low growing, long flowering plants. 

I absolutely love the pink and yellow colours of the new scented Sweet Spice begonias in Fothergills and J parkers and they are described as semi trailing that do not develop long fragile branches.

Do you think I could get away with them as bedding plants ?

Thanks xxx


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,341

    There's only one way to find out..

    I see no reason why it shouldn't work, but the flowers presumably will be lying on top of the soil so will likely get some insect damage and may look a bit messy if they get splashed with soil during heavy rain. Give it a go and let us know :)

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  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546

    What about planting them in a pot or basket but raised then when in flower the flowers will cover what it is sat on .

  • Thanks Pete...I think I'll give it a go. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the saying goes.

    If I get the planting distances right maybe the top flowers will cover the ones on the ground that get damaged..I'll have to experiment.

    This is my first garden and one thing it is teaching me is that there are no 'one size fits all' rules. And trial and error is the way to go.

    I'll let you know how t goes ?X

  • Hi Jason...I did think about that but I work away quite a bit so cannot guarantee I will be around to water them if there is a hot spell.

    i might look in to how things would look if I used big pots, or maybe just try and make heaps of soil for each individual plant ?

    Off to experiment ?X

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