The Begonia plant has an amazing number of varieties to light up your garden; they are very popular spring flowers as they come in dazzling to soothing colours. The flowers can be large or small, single or double petaled, male and female flowers borne on single plants and the foliage of some types are highly valued for their ornamental value.
Begonia can be trailing or shrubby and are perfect for pots and containers, just as much as flower beds, edgings and borders. The begonia plant species are divided broadly into different categories and each type has distinct root systems, stems, foliage and flowers.
The ‘Canes’ type has a spectacular flower and maximum colours and do well either indoors or outdoors. The shrub variety is easy to grow and can be miniatures or sometimes ten feet tall. The ‘Scandent’
Some varieties of begonia can be treated as annuals as well as perennial shrubs, and offer an endless variety of leaf shapes colour and textures. The flowers are beautiful also the leaves, and gardeners love to turn a whole garden area over to this most lovely and versatile plant.
Another garden beauty is Lavender and is widely grown in England for commercial use; also the Province region of France is renowned as a world leader in growing and producing lavender. Lavender has a unique fragrance and is widely used in the perfume industry to add a top or middle note to commercial products, for the professional ‘sniffer’ it has a green, hay-like sweetness and gives that ‘fruity aspect’ to perfumes and other scented products.
A strict sect of English Quakers developed herb farms upon their arrival from England to the USA, producing their own herbs and medicines and then sold them to the ‘outside world’ but then a New York advertising firm picked them up and sold the simple products worldwide.
To add to the favourite garden beauties nothing screams summer more than a row of post-box red geranium and the ‘Maverick Scarlet’ is such a plant with the boldest possible red, with huge flowers, plant these large plants out and they will very quickly fill sunny containers, beds and window boxes.
A spokesman for Blooming Direct located on the island of Jersey said “the best way to make sure you have packed your garden with the best possible colour is to check out different species of plants, look at what blooms right through the year, put bright colours together to achieve a fantastic display, and if you get it right you will have blooms most of the year, try not to lose small plants at the back of a bed, behind a shrub, or a tall plant. If you are planting in a bed use small plants in the front and then work your way back to the taller plants, this way you will see the beauty of all your plants”.
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