|For instant color, plant Impatiens en masse in shade gardens with Ferns and Hostas, or in containers and hanging baskets. These long-blooming annuals and perennials come in many colors and forms, but the most popular and commonly-grown type is Busy Lizzie (Impatiens wallerana). As compact, mounding plants, they are covered with blossoms from late spring to early fall. The New Guinea variety have larger but fewer flowers and variegated leaves and need more sun than other types. Excellent as accent container plants. The more upright-growing Impatiens balsamina produces flowers along the main stem and branches. All need lots of water. Where summers are hot and humid, plant in full sun with adequate water, but they do better with some shade. In hot dry summer areas, plant in partial shade. Perennials grown as annuals may survive mild winters, but replant in spring for vigorous, generous-blooming plants.
An old-fashioned plant with single or double flowers somewhat hidden among the foliage. For bushier plants, pinch back at 3 to 4 inches tall. Use for bedding. Grows well in sun in cool summer areas. Otherwise plant in partial shade. Not a good cut flower.
Attributes - Impatiens balsamina 'Mixed'
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Early Fall
Flower Color: Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Height: 1 ft. 2 in. to 2 ft. 6 in.
Width: 1 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Notes: Long Blooming. Susceptible to Black Spot, Damping-off.