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Annuals - Impatiens

North America's number one flower is Impatiens. They are hardy, available in several colors and spread rapidly. The secret of lush containers or beds of annuals is to overcrowd the plants, placing them close together.

Impatiens types include single, double, bicolor and the New Guinea hybrid. The image below resembles a bed of roses but these are double Impatiens which is admired by several people as they pass the front of my home. I plant Impatiens in the front garden, side garden and the back garden.

Double Impatiens

By overcrowding the plants you get the following effect. They fill out quickly and produce a hilled look in the front garden bed. To create a more dramatic effect plant them on a slope as the levels will astonish you and the overall appearance is a riot of color resembling roses cascading down a hill.

Double Impatiens

The single Impatiens is another yearly purchase for my gardens. Sometimes I use them in planters, hanging baskets or in various garden beds. They are vibrant and the varying shades you may purchase seem endless. Nurseries stock loads of Impatiens and they are readily available throughout the summer months.

Single Impatiens

The New Guinea Impatiens featured below is an ideal plant for urns, baskets or in the garden. The leaves are striking and available in two toned, wine or green. The leaves are larger on the New Guinea Impatiens and when maintained this annual spreads rapidly providing a lush green look with pretty blooms for the entire summer season.

New Guinea Impatiens

These versatile annuals will brighten up a garden by adding brilliant color and are low maintenance. For the best impact select plants and containers that match the style of your home.

Impatiens requires well drained soil and thrives in sun or partial shade. They attain a height of six inches to almost two feet. The available colors are white, orange, pink, red, purple, lilac and two toned colors which are striking.

Double Impatiens in Garden with Bengal Cat

They require plenty of watering during dry spells. The leaves and Impatiens flowers will droop and almost look spent if you are not diligent in your watering practice. It is advisable to water in the morning and during extreme heat twice a day is preferable.

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