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This colorful, heat-loving annual makes an excellent choice for planting in containers or grouped in a flower bed.

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New Guinea Impatiens

A popular plant for shady spots, New Guinea impatiens will produce brightly colored blooms from summer to frost. In addition to its flowers, this plant has bold, lustrous foliage that adds a tropical flair to any space.

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  • 1 to 2 feet wide
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Justin Hancock

Colorful Combinations

New Guinea impatiens is a tropical plant hailing from, you guessed it, New Guinea. It has succulent stems and attractive foliage that both create the perfect backdrop for the large, colorful blooms. There are also many foliage variations of New Guineas.

Flowers of New Guinea impatiens are like a maximized version of standard impatiens flowers. Pink, white, lavender, and orange create wonderful palettes to incorporate into your garden. All flowers are composed of five slightly overlapping petals arranged around a small, button-like center. Impatiens also have a flower spur full of nectar, which makes them a favorite of pollinators like moths and butterflies.

New Guinea Impatiens Care Must-Knows

New Guinea impatiens are happiest in part shade with consistently moist soil. If they start to wilt, give them a thorough watering and they should bounce back in a few hours.

Plant New Guinea impatiens in nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. New Guineas aren't spreaders, so they won't take up a lot of space in a garden bed. They mix well with other shade plants, especially those that don't bloom as much because the impatiens flowers will more than make up for any lack of color.

Fortunately, New Guinea impatiens are resistant to downy mildew, which can quickly wipe out other impatiens varieties. Typical garden pests like aphids, thrips, and spider mites are common problems that New Guineas can run into.

More Varieties of New Guinea Impatiens

Justin Hancock

Impatiens 'Celebration Bright Salmon' bears bold salmon-pink flowers over dark green foliage. It grows 16 inches tall.

Justin Hancock

Impatiens 'Celebration Blush Pink' bears large soft-pink flowers over dark green foliage. It grows 16 inches tall.

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Impatiens 'Applause Orange Blaze' bears bright orange flowers over variegated foliage. It's more cold tolerant than many other varieties and grows 1 foot tall and wide.

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Impatiens 'Celebration Raspberry Rose' produces large raspberry-pink flowers over dark green foliage. It grows 16 inches tall.

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Impatiens 'Celebration Orange' bears showy orange flowers over dark green foliage. It grows 16 inches tall.

Bill Stites

Impatiens 'Celebration Lavender Glow' bears large lavender-pink flowers over dark green foliage. It grows 16 inches tall.

Marty Baldwin

Impatiens 'Infinity Lavender' shows off large light lavender-purple flowers all summer and fall. It grows 14 inches tall and wide.

Justin Hancock

Impatiens 'Celebrette Deep Red' produces rich red flowers that attract hummingbirds over dark green foliage. It grows 10 inches tall.

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Impatiens 'Celebrette Purple Stripe' produces large purple flowers streaked with white. It grows 10 inches tall.

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Impatiens 'Painted Paradise Pink' produces pink blooms over variegated foliage on a compact, 14-inch-tall plant.

Marty Baldwin

Impatiens 'Infinity Cherry Red' shows off eye-catching bright red flowers all summer and fall. It grows 14 inches tall and wide.

Justin Hancock

Impatiens 'Painted Paradise Lilac' bears large lilac-color flowers over strongly variegated foliage on a compact, 14-inch-tall plant.

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Impatiens 'Paradise Cherry Rose' shows off vibrant red-pink flowers on a 16-inch-tall plant.

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Impatiens 'Painted Paradise White' is a white-flowering selection with yellow-variegated foliage. It grows 14 inches tall.

Justin Hancock

Impatiens 'Painted Paradise Red' shows off red blossoms and variegated foliage. It grows 14 inches tall.

Justin Hancock

Impatiens 'Paradise Mango Orange' produces bright orange flowers on a mounding, 16-inch-tall plant.

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Impatiens 'Paradise Rose on Violet' bears lavender-pink flowers striped with rose. It grows 16 inches tall.

Justin Hancock

Impatiens 'Paradise Lavender on Fuchsia' produces lavender flowers with a fuchsia stripe on each petal. It grows 16 inches tall.

Peter Krumhardt

Impatiens 'Sonic Magic Pink' bears big, candy-pink flowers streaked with white on a compact plant.

Peter Krumhardt

Impatiens 'Paradise Salmon Pink' features pink blooms flushed with orange on a mounding, 16-inch-tall plant.

New Guinea Impatiens Companion Plants

Denny Schrock

The quintessential cottage flower, pinks are treasured for their grasslike blue-green foliage and abundant starry flowers, which are often spicily fragrant. Depending on the type of pink, flowers appear in spring or summer and tend to be pink, red, white, rose, or lavender, but come in nearly all shades except true blue. Plants range from tiny creeping groundcovers to 30-inch-tall cut flowers, which are a favorite with florists. Foliage is blue-green.

Peter Krumhardt

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.

Peter Krumhardt

Among the most popular container-garden plants, sweet potato vine is a vigorous grower that you can count on to make a big impact. Its colorful foliage, in shades of chartreuse or purple, accents just about any other plant. Grow a few together in a large pot, and they make a big impact all on their own. Sweet potato vines do best during the warm days of summer and prefer moist, well-drained soil. They thrive in sun or shade.

Garden Plans for New Guinea Impatiens

Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

This informal garden bed highlights shade plants with large, colorful leaves, plus a small section of annual impatiens.

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