The near-black, glossy foliage of Begonia ‘Switzerland’ is a spectacle on its own, providing a rich display from the start of the season. But the show really starts when the masses of vibrant red double blooms emerge in early summer. Plant them in pots, tubs or hanging baskets and they’ll reward you with a magnificent display from early summer right through to the first frosts.
According to the Scottish Begonia Society, there is evidence that begonias already existed several thousand years ago when the Ancient civilisations in equatorial Africa and tropical regions of Asia were thriving on planet Earth. In Africa, primitive people used the begonia plants as a food source.