Monday, October 14, 2013
And the Award goes to…...
….this summer's super workhorse of an annual: BADA BOOM BRONZE LEAF SCARLET BEGONIA!!
I bought 2 flats of this vivid red fibrous begonia and planted it everywhere: in garden beds, in containers and at the cemetery. We had a funny summer weather-wise. It was rainy at first and then became extremely hot and humid with no rain for weeks on end.
Bada Boom did well in shade as well as sun. It carried on with little water and still put on a stunning show.
It increased about 3x in size from the original planting and never needed deadheading.
Bada Boom looked sharp and healthy next to Boxwood and Dusty Miller in the cemetery, where plants have to fend for themselves. Sure we go and water when we can, but mostly the plants are on their own.
This begonia performed very well in containers and provided a sharp pop of colour among long grasses.
I think I will save myself a lot of trouble next spring and buy 4-5 flats of this wonderful little annual and plant it everywhere :)
Please check my food blog for the Thanksgiving menu that I served yesterday.