Garden design and maintenance

What do ice begonias combine with? Tips & ideas for beautiful combinations of plants

If you want to put together a new garden arrangement with pretty flowers and plants for the warm season this year, we recommend that you consider the ice begonia. It is offered in different colors and we do not only mean the colors of the flowers, but also the leaves. The latter are thick and fleshy and can be green or bronze in color, while the flowers vary between white and dark red. In themselves, these hybrids are easy to care for and well adapted to our climate. However, if you want to combine ice begonias, it is advisable to choose plants that not only suit you optically, but are also similar in terms of needs. Which varieties are possible?

Ice begonias combine in the garden - which plants suit her

The ice begonia is slightly drought-resistant and does not like waterlogging, only needs a moderate amount of fertilizer and loves a shady to partially shaded location. In order for your arrangement to really work, you should choose plants that have the same requirements in terms of location, nutrient requirements and moisture. So what could you combine ice begonias with?

Ice begonias combine with which colors?

White flowers with bronze leaves for high-contrast arrangements

As mentioned earlier, ice begonias are quite versatile in terms of color choices. If you are not sure which other plant colors and flowers you could combine the ice begonias with, you can use the following tips and examples for plants and flowers as a guide. They are suitable both for the garden in beds and buckets, as well as if you want to combine ice begonias for the grave planting:

Silvery tones – Begonias with dark leaves and metallic, silvery hues go well with equally dark and silvery plants such as:

  • Snakebeard ‘Nigrescens’ (Ophiopogon planiscapus) – grass with dark blades of grass
  • Lady fern ‘Ghost’ (Athyrium) – silvery young plant; becomes darker and silvery green over time
  • Silberregen ‘Silver Falls’ (Dichondra argentea) – long, silver stems with small, silvery leaves

The ice begonia has shiny leaves and different flower colors

Green and bronze tones – If the leaves have such colors, plants with similar hues are recommended. For example, you could combine ice begonias with the following plants:

  • Taro ‘Black Magic’ (Colocasia) – Large, dark leaves with green to silvery leaf veins
  • Maidenhairgrass (Isolepis cernua) – Fine, thin stems and tiny, white flowers

Warm, chocolaty, or yellowish tints arrange with equally yellowish plants, such as:

  • Calyx-shaped St. John’s wort ‘Brigadoon’ (Hypericum calycinum) – Small, yellow leaves that appear orange-gold in the sun
  • Sun gold ‘Persian Chocolate’ (Lysimachia congestiflora) – Dark, burgundy leaves and yellow, bell-shaped flowers
  • Sword fern ‘Rita’s Gold’ (Nephrolepis exaltata) – Green fronds and golden tones

Ice begonias combine in pink color and with green leaves

Emerald green and yellowish shades In ice begonias, it is best to combine with light-colored plants:

  • Yellow Larkspur (Corydalis lutea) – Pale green leaves and yellow flowers
  • Pennywort ‘Aurea’ (Lysimachia nummularia) – Green-yellow, round leaves and yellow flowers
  • Small periwinkle ‘Illumination’ (Vinca minor) – Yellow leaves with a green border

Planting ice begonia – ideas for arrangements

Ice begonias combine with colored nettles

Pink ice begonias combine with colored nettles, caladium and hibiscus in the flowerbed

Colored nettles have similar care requirements as the ice begonia and are therefore a perfect partner in this regard. In addition, the colored nettles impress with their interesting leaf shapes and colors and complement those of the ice begonia perfectly. Colored nettles can be combined with ice begonias in the bed as well as in the pot or bucket. In the picture above, for example, you can see two small beds, which impress with their variety of colors and textures and decorate the entrance area. In addition to the ice begonia with pink flowers, they also contain colored nettles, caladium and hibiscus.

Ice begonia in pink with colored nettles, purple bells and grasses

Here is another example of how you can combine ice begonias with colored nettles. This time the arrangement is in a pretty bucket.

A) Ice begonia ‘Bayou Pink’ (Begonia semperflorens)

B) colored nettle ‘Christmas Candy’ (Coleus)

C) Purple bells ‘Palace Purple’ (Heuchera)

D) White felted ragwort ‘Dusty Miller’ (Jacobaea maritima)

E) ivy ‘Eva’ (Hedera helix)

F) Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)

Ice begonia, ivy, dead nettle (Lamium), stone herb (Alyssum) and ornamental asparagus (Asparagus setaceus)

This impressive arrangement was again displayed in a pretty stand. It contains a combination of different begonias, colored nettles and harp bush (plectranthus).

In the bucket with rose

Ice begonias combine with rose in the shape of a sapling and periwinkle

The begonias look like a kind of ground cover in a tub in which a rose tree has also been planted. This idea is a wonderful way to spice up a relatively bare bucket. This also has another advantage: the potting soil dries out more slowly and the frequency of watering can be reduced. In the picture you can see:

A) Rose ‘Baby Blanket’ (pink), cut like a sapling

B) Begonia ‘Prelude Pink’

C) Evergreen ‘Coconur Cooler’ (Catharanthus)

With fuchsia and ferns

Arrange the begonia, fern and fuchsia in a tub

The rose from the example above is ideal for adding height to the flower arrangement, but it is by no means the only option. There are plenty of plants that grow tall in the tub or bed. This also includes grasses and ferns. The latter can also be found in this example.

A) Begonia

B) Fuchsia ‘Hidcote Beauty’

C) Fern (Dryopteris clintoniana)

With ice begonia, ivy, dead nettle (Lamium), stone herb (Alyssum) and ornamental asparagus (Asparagus setaceus)

Different varieties of begonia with pink and white flowers, harp shrub

Simple arrangement with begonias with dark leaves and red flowers and the creeping jenny plant

Ice begonia with dark leaves and red flowers and creeping jenny plant