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.
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.
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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.