If you are looking for a plant to provide beautiful waves of color and is as easy to care for as it is to look at, look no further. Whether you choose a double flowered variety, which resemble tiny roses, or a single flowered variety, you won’t be disappointed.
With a myriad of colors from which to choose, you will be hard pressed to choose only one. Luckily, you won’t need to. Impatiens are wonderfully versatile so you can plant them all over your garden-anywhere you need a splash of color. Whether you plant in full sun or full shade your impatiens will spread to form a blanket of color that will make you the envy of the neighborhood. A word of caution, however: if you plant impatiens in a sunny area be sure you provide ample water every day. They wilt quickly and really do much better in deep shade. I plant them in shade so deep that even Hostas won’t grow there, but the impatiens thrive.
Wait until after any danger of frost has passed before planting. Buy small, compact seedlings, preferably with one flower blooming (so you can be sure what color you are really getting). Gently loosen the rootball, and plant 4 to 6 inches apart in soil that has been prepared by digging in compost. Don’t plant at midday, as too much heat can stress your seedlings. Firm the soil around your plants and water well.
Impatiens can grow up to 28 inches tall, and have a spread with a range of anywhere from 8 to 24 inches. They are very prolific, and by the end of the summer will have used up every bit of space you give them.
You will not need to deadhead your impatiens. They are self cleaning, meaning that old blooms are replaced by new ones. They will bloom all spring and summer, dying back after the first frost. They are resistant to most diseases, and animals and insects don’t usually seem too interested in them. Keep them well watered and you will find that they are a wonderful investment.
Because they come in so many colors, solids and stripes, they go well with many other plants. They look beautiful with ferns and Hostas in the shade, or under taller growing plants like salvias in the sun. They can easily be grown in any kind of container for added color on the patio, deck or in a window box.
Fall cleanup is a breeze, too. Simply pull them up and toss them onto your compost pile. They are soft, and rot very well.
If you like the colors and variety that you chose, you can take cuttings in the fall and root them over the winter. Cut shoots, and dip the ends in rooting powder. Plant them in a try of perlite (a growing medium). Keep moist and you should be able to plant your new seedlings in the spring.