New Scented Tuberous Begonia

By Charlie Nardozzi

Tuberous begonias are gorgeous, shade-loving flowers that produce large bouquets of single or double blooms in colors ranging from white to deep red. However, for as beautiful as they look, these flowers haven't had any noticeable fragrance.

Now from England comes the first scented tuberous begonia variety that can be grown from seed. 'Scentsation Mixed Hybrid' tuberous begonia produces loads of fragrant, double, 4 1/2-inch-diameter blooms in a range of pastel colors from summer until fall. The fragrances on this begonia mix range from soft lemon to rose. The plants grow 20 inches tall and thrive in shade. Gardeners who want to grow many tuberous begonias inexpensively can purchase seeds of this variety. After the first growing season, save the tubers over the winter and you'll have this variety for years to come.

For more on this richly scented begonias, go to: Thompson & Morgan Seeds.

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