In full or partial shade gardens, impatiens grow more colorfully than a painter's palette. Carefree, they need no pinching, and in full shade, little watering. Our rare and unique selection includes mini-roses, fan-shaped dishes and exotic, orchid-like florets. Colors vary from bold oranges to soft pinks, and from pure whites to deep burgundies. Choose below from the many different flower types associated to Impatiens.
Start indoors in a warm, well-lighted area about 8-10 weeks before last frost. Sow shallowly in seed-Starting formula. Keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 18-28 days at 70-75°F. Before transfer to garden, accustom to conditions by moving to a sheltered place outside for a week. SET PLANTS 12" apart in a semi to fully shaded area with average soil after all danger of frost.
Impatiens make beautiful temporary groundcovers in shade gardens. They also can be planted among shade-loving perennials such as hostas to bring summer-long color to shady flower beds. Plant them in large drifts and let them fill in, or use them as edging plants along walkways, terraces, or at the front of a bed or border. Impatiens even make nice additions to container plantings. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and other beneficials visit many species of impatiens.