Impatiens Flowers (Impatiens walleriana)

April 7, 2014 – 04:07 am

White impatiens flowers in a shady spot.Impatiens flowers top the charts in the 'Continuous flowering' category. Derided by some for being a bit too 'common', impatiens are very useful little plants in the temperate tropical garden.

The key when growing impatiens (Busy Lizzies) is to stick to one colour and avoid the pastel (wishy washy) shades. During the first spring rush of bedding plant sales, cheap, mixed colour impatiens fly off the shelves. A couple of weeks later the named colours appear, though slightly more expensive. These are the plants worth seeking out. A good place to find named coloured impatiens flowers (in Britain) are gardening clubs. These organisations charge a small annual membership fee but give you access to acres of bedding plants of which the Busy Lizzy is one of the most popular.

White impatiens flowers in full shade.Growing impatiens

Growing impatiens (like many plants) is easy if you follow a few guide lines. For best results you need:

  • A rich, crumbly soil.
  • Dappled shade.
  • Moisture.
  • No frost whatsoever.

They will also quite happily grow in full sun or deep shade. Plants get a bit leggy in deep shade and the quantity of impatiens flowers is reduced. Plants in full sun will need more frequent watering, especially when grown in pots. If the pots or soil do dry out your busy lizzies will appear deflated.Red impatiens moulding seamlessly to other foliage. rely fatal if the time lapsed between them deflating and you noticing is not too great.The plants will soon pump up again after a good soaking.

Impatiens plants appreciate a rich soil for luxuriant growth. I used to walk past the front garden of an old gentleman who for years, planted his front garden in the same way. Each year he would plant his busy lizzies, the regulation distance apart, in poor garden soil. They were in good filtered light and regularly watered.New Guinea impatiens tip cuttings in a bedding pack. d done in the beginning.

The impatiens flowers growing along the edge of this shady pathway received no direct sun, growing as they were, under a mixed canopy of an Acer, the neighbours over-hanging Yew and an overzealous clematis. They also required regular watering as the canopy diverted most of the rain away. The Aspidistra's on the right only ever receive watering when off on holiday and a softy comes to water the garden.

One of the best attributes (along with non-stop flowering) of the impatiens plant is its ability to self tier. Plants placed at the front of the border remain compact with plants behind growing just tall enough to see over the top. This habit results in an even transition from edge of the lawn up into taller foliage.

Newly planted New Guinea impatiens. New Guinea impatiens crammed into a container. New guinea impatiens in the ground. Pot grown New Guinea's

Source: www.cooltropicalplants.com


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A little bit of everything: grass, impatiens...

We have a couple of patches of grass in the front yard, with impatiens, rhododendrons, camelia, lilies, roses and a few other flowers/plants. Also, a plant with pretty purple flowers; "princess" something or other. We've not been in the house for too long and I don't have the watering routine quite down yet. I do try to keep the water away from the leaves, especially the roses as I've heard that's particularly bad for them. Thanks very much for all your thoughts.

Ideas for big terra cotta pots on a sunny balcon

Info:
- terra cotta
- about 2 feet wide and deep
- on north facing balcony in zipcode 90049 (to climate check)
seems to get constant sun
- no faucet / waterhose nearby so would like to plant with something that is happy with weekly watering
- would be nice if plants would cast shade on house
- wife likes flowers but I think that's unlikely to find with our watering needs
Any ideas?
For example:
I thought about island palm trees with impatiens (or moss ross) as a base, but they may not like that much sun, and it may not be that attractive.

Plants for Santa Monica shade

I'll throw in a variety: these plants have different watering needs, though.
Shrubs:
Flowering maples (abutilon): there are hybrids good for your zone.
Camellias
Hydrangea aspera, Hydrangea serrata, or Hydrangea macrophylla
Fatsia japonica (Japanese Aralia)
Fuschias - Some varieties will do well in partial shade;
Heavenly bamboo: can overtake garden if not careful
Sarcococca (Sweet Box): very fragrant; white flowers
Other plants:
Impatiens: Look for New Guinea hybrids
Dicentra (Bleeding Hearts): - I believe most varieties will work in you

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