Begonias are a very diverse group of plants, available with a multitude of leaf shapes and colours. They all share the same type of flowers, which have cololurful "sepals" ( not petals ). Some Begonias are suited for outdoors in a moist, shaded spot, while others are better suited for indoors. Bedding Begonias, used for massed flowers displays outdoors, can tolerate some sun. Being native to sub-tropical and tropical regions, they are at their best during the warmer months in places like Sydney, where we have a temperate climate. The leaves and stems can be quite brittle and break easily, so choose a sheltered spot to plant them.
The Begonias pictured are in large hanging baskets hanging either side of utility poles in the City of Sydney , in Martin Place, where they add colour to the bustling business district. The bright red colour of the Begonias contrasts nicely with the dark leaves of the Philodendrons which are on the lower half of the baskets.