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Once a favorite of Victorian gardens, this old-fashioned annual adds an exotic, almost gaudy touch to the garden. It offers interesting, trumpet-shape blooms, mostly in shades of pink. Many selections have bicolor flowers. Balsam often self-seeds in the garden and is very easy to grow.
Plant established plants outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Balsam needs rich, well-drained soil to do best, so work in plenty of compost. (It's ideal in containers as long as you don't let the plants dry out for even a second.) Fertilize lightly but regularly.
Perfect plant partners since Victorian times, colorful coleus looks great with balsam.Impatiens
Pair upright, spiky balsam with impatiens for a fun mix of textures.Sweet potato vine
Give balsam in containers a skirt of sweet potato vine for a lush, elegant look.