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What would we do without impatiens? It's the old reliable for shade gardens when you want eye-popping color all season long. The plants bloom in just about every color except true blue and are well suited to growing in containers or in the ground. If you have a bright spot indoors, you may be able to grow impatiens all year as an indoor plant.
1 to 3 feet
1-2 feet wide
top varieties for Impatiens
Like their more common cousins, New Guinea impatiens provide hard-to-find brilliant color in shade. And it's not just the flowers. The foliage is often brilliantly, exotically colorful as well. These tropical plants really shine in containers, where they thrive in the perfect soil and drainage, but they also do well in the ground as long as you take the time to improve the soil and work in plenty of compost. Note that they're a bit more sun-tolerant than common impatiens.Plant established plants in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Keep soil moist and fertilize lightly but regularly.
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.
more varieties for Impatiens
'Fanfare Orchid' impatiens
Impatiens 'Fanfare Orchid' trails to 20 inches and produces orchid-pink flowers. It has better sun tolerance than most varieties.
'Fiesta Burgundy' double impatiens
Impatiens 'Fiesta Burgundy' bears beautiful burgundy-purple double flowers on 16-inch-tall plants.
'Fiesta Ole Peppermint' double impatiens
Impatiens 'Fiesta Ole Peppermint' bears beautiful pink-and-white double flowers on compact, 12-inch-tall plants.
'Fiesta Ole Purple Stripe' double impatiens
Impatiens 'Fiesta Ole Purple Stripe' bears purple-and-white double flowers all summer long. It grows 16 inches tall and 1 foot wide.
'Fiesta Pink Frost' double impatiens
Impatiens 'Fiesta Pink Frost' features variegated foliage and pink double flowers all summer long. It grows 16 inches tall and 1 foot wide.
'Fiesta Purple' double impatiens
Impatiens 'Fiesta Purple' bears beautiful purple-pink double flowers on 16-inch-tall plants.
'Fiesta Salsa Red' double impatiens
Impatiens 'Fiesta Salsa Red' bears double rose-like flowers on 16-inch-tall plants.
'Fiesta Stardust Pink' double impatiens
Impatiens 'Fiesta Stardust Pink' bears pink double flowers stippled with white. It grows 16 inches tall.
'Fiesta White' double impatiens
Impatiens 'Fiesta White' shows off pure white double flowers. It grows 16 inches tall.
'Fusion Glow' impatiens
Impatiens 'Fusion Glow' bears golden-yellow flowers with orange throats. It grows 16 inches tall.
'Fusion Heat Coral' impatiens
Impatiens 'Fusion Heat Coral' bears coral-orange flowers with yellow throats. It grows 16 inches tall.
'Fusion Infrared Apricot' impatiens
Impatiens 'Fusion Infrared Apricot' bears apricot-pink flowers with yellow-orange throats. It grows 16 inches tall.
'Fusion Sunset Peach' impatiens
Impatiens 'Fusion Sunset Peach' bears warm apricot-peach flowers. It grows 16 inches tall.
'Pixie Pink Bicolor' mini impatiens
Impatiens 'Pixie Pink Bicolor' bears many small creamy-pink flowers splashed with darker pink on 12-inch-tall plants.
'Super Elfin White' impatiens
Impatiens 'Super Elfin White' bears pure white flowers on compact, 10-inch-tall plants.
'Swirl Coral' impatiens
Impatiens 'Swirl Coral' bears soft salmon-pink blooms with darker coral-pink edges on 12-inch-tall plants.
'Swirl Pink' impatiens
Impatiens 'Swirl Pink' bears soft-pink blooms with deeper pink edges on 12-inch-tall plants.
Impatiens 'Tempo' series bears flowers in a very wide range of shades on compact, 8-inch-tall plants.
'Xtreme Rose' impatiens
Impatiens 'Xtreme Rose' bears large, bright rosy-pink flowers on 12-inch-tall plants.
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Browallia earns its nicknames of amethyst flower and sapphire flower for the richness of its small blue flowers, which pop out like jewels against the bright green of its foliage. A tidy mounding plant, it's great in containers or planted as edging in a neat row at the front of the border.Plant in a shady spot in spring after all danger of frost has passed. It likes rich soil high in organic matter, so add some compost at planting time. Keep well watered and mulch to keep soil cool and moist. It may not flower in areas where summers are very cool. It may overwinter in the warmest regions (Zones 10-11), especially if covered with loose autumn leaves, straw, or any other light, airy winter mulch.
Talk about foolproof: Annual begonia is about as easy as it gets. It does well in a variety of conditions, but to keep it its most luxuriant best, give it light shade; rich, well-drained soil; and ample water. It also loves plenty of fertilizer, so be generous.Plant annual begonias in spring after all danger of frost has passed. No need to deadhead this flower unless you want to, it's "self-cleaning!"
Tired of impatiens? Try this enchanting little wishbone flower, also dubbed clown flower for its vividly marked flowers that are said to resemble the face of a clown. It's a wonderful, relatively new choice for shade. The flower shape resembles tiny snapdragons, mouths wide open and showing off delicate throats marked with a contrasting color.Torenia grows easily from seed sown indoors in pots or outdoors in the ground. This little clown flower blooms nonstop until frost.