Begonia is a large, diverse genus with hundreds of distinct species. It features a wide variety of leaf structures, colours and textures as well as a varied range of flower forms that come in many different - often vivid - shades. Begonias can be grown outdoors in cooler climates in summer; they can also make good indoor plants. Begonia leaves are often strikingly patterned and the flowers of many species make stunning bedding plants that will brighten up any border, hanging basket or shady spot, whether upright, climbing or trailing in habit. They prefer slightly acid, rather than alkaline, soil and appreciate regular watering during the growing season, but they don't like to be too wet in winter. The flowers are edible and can add interest to many dishes!