Angelwing Begonia | Low-Maintenance Plant for Your Garden

Do you need a low-maintenance plant for your garden? I have the PERFECT flower to add color and vibrance to your garden! It’s the Angelwing Begonia a.k.a. Dragon Wing Begonia.

I was up north this past weekend doing some gardening.

When spring/early summer finally rolls around, things look so…blah!

Patio before planting flowers

So, I was excited to get out with my trowel and get my hands dirty!

It’s amazing how a few flowers can make a world of difference!

Greg and I have moved down to Florida full time but we still have a lake house up north, where we spend time during the summer.

Deck planters before adding flowers

Because we aren’t there all summer long, I have to pick plants that allow me to be an absentee gardener.

The plants just don’t get watered regularly. One year we might have a drought and other years flood conditions.

There is just no telling what Mother Nature has in store

Luckily, these plants roll with the weather conditions, come hell or high water!

Begonias after flooding
One year, after a major storm and flooding…the Angelwing Begonias took a beating and not only survived but thrived!

My Favorite Flowering Low-Maintenance Plant

We have tried so many different flowers, from marigolds to geraniums, and come mid-summer, none ever looked good. They looked leggy and dried out.

Often crispy.

Then, I discovered my favorite flowering low-maintenance plant…the begonia. There are many types of begonias and I use two regularly up north.

Angelwing Begonia a.k.a. Dragon Wing Begonia

The first is the Angelwing begonia, which also goes by the Dragon Wing Begonia.

Dragon wing begonia | Angelwing begonia tag

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Dragon wing begonia | angling begonia | low-maintenance plant

I use it in red or pink, down by the lake and on the upper deck, where they get lots and lots of sun. According to the tag, they are also good for shade but I like to use them in full sun areas.

Because we are gone a lot, they are often very dry by the time we get back.

But because they are so hardy, they don’t wilt or get crispy.

They survive well with long periods between waterings.

They don’t require any special treatment. To plant, I just roughed up the existing soil in the planter…

Rough up dirt in flower planter

…then, plop it in.

Planting angelwing begonia | dragonwing begonais low-maintenance plant

I made sure the roots were covered with the soil and pressed down the dirt to keep them in place.

Here they are in pots up on the deck.

I put one plant in each of the smaller pots.

Upper deck angelwing begonias | dragonwing begonia

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The red pots add a nice shot of color too!

Angelwing begonias in red pot

Flowers liven everything up!

For the cedar flower boxes, I did three plants each.

In a month, the Angelwing Begonias will be full and spilling over the edges of the flower boxes.

Angelwing begonia in cedar planters | dragon wing begonia
Angelwing begonias with adorandack chairs

The Other Begonia (They aren’t all Angelwing Begonias)

The other begonias I use are just called begonias.

Ambassador rose begonia

They are a shorter plant than the Angelwing Begonias and grow in thick mounds. I like to use those in the partial shade areas as they are shade tolerant and drought tolerant.

I was not able to get enough of one color, at the small nursery up there, so I went with a combo of pink, white and red.

Red, white and pink begonias on stone wall | low-maintenance plant

A little more digging and the flower pots were full!

Begonias in green pot in potting soil | low-maintenance plants

In a month, the pots will be overflowing with mounds of beautiful begonias!

Red, white and pink begonias in gree pot by black lamp post
Red, white and pink begonias in a green pot on patio with adironack chairs

I’d LOVE TO KNOW, what you like to plant in your garden?

Have you ever tried growing the Angelwing Begonia?

Next, I’ll share with you my favorite perennial that we have up at the lake!

On an unrelated note…

I just found out that you can grow garlic from cloves…HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?!?!

A friend of ours has a hobby farm up there and he planted garlic last fall. His little garlic patch is growing like gangbusters!

I have been inspired!

I plan on trying my hand at growing garlic, both down south and up north. I’ll try down south this summer. Up north, I will plant in the fall for a July crop! So stay tuned for that!

Garden Projects

Here are some fun projects to enhance your garden this summer!

My Favorite Garden Tools, Dirt, Pots, and MUST HAVES!

Again, I’d love to know what you are planting! In case you are wondering, here are some of my favorite garden tools and stuff!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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