Begonias top Ball Colegrave vote

Begonias have come top of the league among Ball Colegrave's plants displayed at their summer open days, according to votes by trade and public visitors.

Begonia 'Elegance'
Begonia 'Elegance'

New introduction Begonia Million Kisses ‘Elegance’ was the outright winner and the first choice among amateur gardeners.
It is a semi-trailing variety which bears masses of large white and pink bicolour blooms from June through to October. Plants are said to have long lasting garden
performance and is tolerant of wet and drought conditions.
Second place went to a trial variety - a small, dark leaved Begonia with simple orange flowers. The company now aim to introduce it by 2010.
Begonias also took 3rd and 4th place among the overall top 20 varieties.
Over 50,000 plants were bedded out over eight acres of grounds with bedding shown in vertical containers and on a wooden catwalk.
Votes were cast by over 2,500 nurserymen, parks managers, retailers and public visitors who visited the Ball Colegrave open Days at West Adderbury in Oxfordshire.
Garden centre customers liked Begonia F1 Illumination ‘Scarlet’ and visitors from park departments were won over by Begonia Dragon Wing ‘Red.’
Trade visitors went for trial variety Begonia Sherbet ‘Bon Bon’ which will now be introduced in spring 2009.


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