Impatiens, Old-Fashioned (Impatiens walleriana)
Impatiens, Old-Fashioned Plant FeaturesOld-fashioned impatiens are some of the most popular annual flowers in North America. They bloom in a seemingly unlimited number of shades, from white to dark purple, and thrive in shaded corners of the landscape. Perfect by themselves or mixed with other shade lovers (such as begonias or caladiums), old-fashioned impatiens are a surefire way to add lots of color to any spot in your landscape that doesn't see sun during the hot afternoon hours.
Because old-fashioned impatiens are so easy to grow, they're a favorite flower in containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets, as well as garden beds and borders in the landscape.
Impatiens, Old-Fashioned Growing InstructionsGrow old-fashioned impatiens in moist, well-drained soil in shade or partial shade. Don't plant impatiens in a spot that gets too much afternoon sun, otherwise the plants will fry. Impatiens aren't very drought tolerant and let you know they're thirsty by wilting dramatically. Happily, they perk up quickly after being watered. If your soil tends to dry out quickly, a 2- to 3-inch-deep layer of mulch over it can help it retain moisture longer. Adding lots of organic matter, such as compost, is another topnotch way to help the ground stay moist for as long as possible.
Impatiens aren't as popular as they used to be because of a disease called impatiens downy mildew. This disease typically attacks the plants in late summer and can make a healthy plant lose all of its leaves in less than a week, leaving the plants looking like a bunch of brown sticks. The disease can remain in the ground for several years, so if you think the disease has affected your landscape, look for alternative plants to use for the next few years.
Impatiens are not intended for human or animal consumption (though they are a favorite of hungry deer and rabbits, unfortunately).
Constantly moist soil
Medium water needs
Outside: Part sun
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Impatiens, Old-FashionedBegonia
Begonia is super easy to grow and is a lovely accent to impatiens.
Impatiens, New Guinea
New Guinea impatiens look great with their cousins -- and need the same growing conditions, too.
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