At this time of year my hardy and tender begonias come into their own. I grow both the smaller white form and the more vigorous pink form of Begonia grandis evansiana without any protection in garden. They've survived -8C on many occasions and come back to flower in September and October before dying off as the nights get longer. They've both flowered a little earlier this year after our warm spring so I'm enjoying a better display than normal. Their only problem is that they can be a little invasive, reproducing by small tubers that develop in the leaf axils at this time of year. These get scattered around the garden and new plants pop up the following year. Established plants can develop decently large tubers for even faster growth.
|Begonia grandis evansiana 'Alba'|
|Begonia grandis evansiana|
|Begonia 'NonStop F1'|
I grow a few fuchsias in the garden but my most reliable has to be Fuchsia 'Genii'. Red and purple bell flowers are not that exotic but combine them with bright golden foliage and good hardiness and it's a plant well worth growing. If winter doesn't do it for me I cut it hard back in early spring and it regularly makes 4-5 ft / 120-150cm of growth in a year. Flowering starts in June and goes on forever (or till winter, whichever comes sooner).
|Epimedium x franchettii 'Brimstone Butterfly'|
Iochroma grandiflora is doing well in it's warm corner and building up in flowering intensity. I photographed this flower display a few days ago though there are similar displays in evidence today:
Finally, who can resist the little faces of pansies. Not me. I always grow a few for their long season of flower, even in semi shade.