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The Escargot Begonia was named from the charming way its leaves curl back into themselves — not unlike the shells of a snail, made all the more vivid by colored bands of pewter, chocolate and green.

Begonia 'Escargot' - FineGardening

'Escargot' takes its name from the snail-like curl pattern at the base of the leaf. The foliage is striking enough to stand on its own but it's a good mixer, too. Use it with other foliage plants and brightly colored blooms.

BEGONIA EMEIENSIS

Pacific Horticulture Society | A Bounty of (Hardier) Begonias

Lately, I've been experimenting with some of the newer, hardier selections of begonia in my Sacramento garden (USDA zone 9, Sunset zone 14). The groups in which I have found some of the hardiest selections for my garden are: semperflorens, tuberous, rhizomatous (including rex), shrub-like, and cane-like....

私の庭私の暮らしインスタで人気 雑木や宿根草バラに囲まれた大人庭千葉県田中邸

「私の庭・私の暮らし」インスタで人気! 雑木や宿根草、バラに囲まれた大人庭 千葉県・田中邸

私の庭私の暮らしインスタで人気 雑木や宿根草バラに囲まれた大人庭千葉県田中邸

24 low maintenance plants even those lacking green thumbs can grow. #Roundup

Round Up: 24 of the Best Low Maintenance Plants for Your Garden

24 low maintenance plants even those lacking green thumbs can grow.

Navelwort 'Starry Eyes' | Plants from Spalding Bulb

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Astilbe Chocolate Shogun This adaptable species is more sun and drought tolerant than typical Astilbe. Handsome, glossy chocolate-bronze foliage is a pleasing backdrop to the pink-blushed flower panicles in early summer. Please note: It can tolerate more

Astilbe Chocolate Shogun -- Bluestone Perennials

Astilbe Chocolate Shogun This adaptable species is more sun and drought tolerant than typical Astilbe. Handsome, glossy chocolate-bronze foliage is a pleasing backdrop to the pink-blushed flower panicles in early summer. Please note: It can tolerate more

meadow rue: partial shade Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt's Double’ - I knew Thalictrum liked the shade, but I never saw one with such a colorful display!

Plant Profile for Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt’s Double’ - Double Meadow-rue Perennial

Meadow-rue has beautiful, lacy blue-green foliage a little bit like a Columbine or Maidenhair Fern in effect. This selection features cloud-like sprays of double mauve flowers that are outstanding for cutting. Desp...

Primula Belarina Amethyst Ice -- Bluestone Perennials

Lavender blue ruffled blossoms emerge with a touch of violet in the center. Each blossom edged in icy white appears as though a skillful artist carefully applied each stroke. Pleasing bouquets of color are nestled throughout the foliage. Patent pending. Envision an English cottage garden with a tapestry of jewel toned blossoms. Clusters of sweetly fragrant, insanely double primroses top crisp crinkly foliage like nosegays. Prolific, long-lasting flowers. Primula Bellarina are shipped during…

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Ophiopogon japonicus Gyoku Ryu

"Simply irresistible" is the best way to describe Ophiopogon 'Gyoku Ryu', a dwarf mondo grass cultivar with thick, dark green, grass-like foliage that eventually makes a tight mat in even the worst garden conditions. Plant dwarf mondo on 6-12" centers for a wonderful evergreen groundcover. Ophiopogon 'Gyoku Ryu' could best be described as looking like a lush lawn of pre-mowed grass...what a great idea! If that's not enough, the rhizomes of Ophiopogon japonicus have long been used in…

If you have mild enough conditions to grow these tender cane type begonias outdoors year round, how could you resist them, even if they never bloomed?  But they do, they do.  I wouldn't care if they never bloomed, and now use them a lot in more protected shade gardens that don't get wind nor bake in the sun.  Little Brother Montgomery anyone?  Paul Hernandez towers over Montgomery.  Also tucked in on the left side of the photo is Persian Shield, Strobilanthes dyeranus.

Can't believe I never grew Begonias until recently...

If you have mild enough conditions to grow these tender cane type begonias outdoors year round, how could you resist them, even if they never bloomed? But they do, they do. I wouldn't care if they never bloomed, and now use them a lot in more protected shade gardens that don't get wind nor bake in the sun. Little Brother Montgomery anyone? Paul Hernandez towers over Montgomery. Also tucked in on the left side of the photo is Persian Shield, Strobilanthes dyeranus.

Starry Eyes Forget-Me-Nots (Omphalodes)

Starry Eyes Forget-Me-Nots (Omphalodes)

Starry Eyes Forget-Me-Nots (Omphalodes) by araceli on Indulgy.com

'Gryphon' Begonia

Hot New Plant Varieties: Jane's Favorites

BHG garden editor Jane McKeon checks in with some of her top new plants.

This silver-splashed, evergreen beauty brightens any shady niche. Large glossy heart-shaped foliage conceals unusual purple flowers tucked around the base of the plant in early spring. A showy, vigorous groundcover for shade.  Asarum Spendens will spread with underground rhizomes. Thick leathery foliage will mound to a more lush appearance if planted near sidewalks or a barrier to restrict its spread.

Asarum Splendens -- Bluestone Perennials

This silver-splashed, evergreen beauty brightens any shady niche. Large glossy heart-shaped foliage conceals unusual purple flowers tucked around the base of the plant in early spring. A showy, vigorous groundcover for shade. Asarum Spendens will spread with underground rhizomes. Thick leathery foliage will mound to a more lush appearance if planted near sidewalks or a barrier to restrict its spread.

Compact, Heuchera 'Venus' features large, silver leaves adorned with deep green veins. In late spring to mid-summer, panicles of small, bell-shaped, creamy-white flowers bloom on slender stems rising up to 15 in. (37 cm), above the semi-evergreen foliage. A terrific choice for adding a touch of color in the rock garden, perennial border, along paths or in containers.

Heuchera 'Venus' (Coral Bells)

Compact, Heuchera 'Venus' features large, silver leaves adorned with deep green veins. In late spring to mid-summer, panicles of small, bell-shaped, creamy-white flowers bloom on slender stems rising up to 15 in. (37 cm), above the semi-evergreen foliage. A terrific choice for adding a touch of color in the rock garden, perennial border, along paths or in containers.

Luminous and vigorous, Acanthus 'Whitewater' (Bear's Breech) is a clump-forming perennial boasting a gorgeous variegated foliage of large, deeply cut, dark-green leaves adorned with creamy-white margins and splashes. In summer, the foliage mound is topped by erect flower stems bearing pink and cream, funnel-shaped flowers with hood-like purple bracts. Bear's Breech is easy to grow, requires very little care, lasts well in bouquets and makes striking dried arrangements. A bold and…

Acanthus 'Whitewater' (Bear's Breech)

Luminous and vigorous, Acanthus 'Whitewater' (Bear's Breech) is a clump-forming perennial boasting a gorgeous variegated foliage of large, deeply cut, dark-green leaves adorned with creamy-white margins and splashes. In summer, the foliage mound is topped by erect flower stems bearing pink and cream, funnel-shaped flowers with hood-like purple bracts. Bear's Breech is easy to grow, requires very little care, lasts well in bouquets and makes striking dried arrangements. A bold and…