Do have impatiens, please!
Impatiens in a summer garden
A colorful flowering plant that loves shade!
Every spring I go to the garden shop and try to find something new to plant. I end up I trying a few new plants, but I always buy a flat of impatiens. I love to buy them in mixed colors. Happy colors add a joyful feeling to the shady areas of my yard.
Just why do I love this flowering plant? It loves the shade! Since my yard is well established with nice trees I have lots of shade. In fact, I have trouble every year finding enough sun for growing vegetables. Oh, and this flower does not mind that I sometimes mis-spell its name (impatients).
Impatiens are a plant that I never have trouble growing. Have some impatiens! I promise you will not be sorry.
(The image of the flowering impatiens shown above was taken by me in my back yard. The impatiens you see are red, pale pink and dark pink.)
Impatiens--read more about this shade loving plant:
The white impatiens shown to the right are New Guinea and can take some sun! (image from Nature Hills--click here to go there)
Yes, Impatiens take their name from the Latin, impatiens, referring to the sudden bursting of the ripened seed pod when they are touched. (See one of these pods in the early stages in the image below.)
Impatiens are popular because they're easy-to-grow and flower in shade until the first hard frost. In fact, I have had blooming impatiens at Thanksgiving here in Alabama. (if you go to a garden nursery, and ask for "impatients" I promise you will find these wonderful shade loving flowering plants!)
Today's species are more tolerant of sun than many older varieties, but too much sun will stunt their growth, resulting in shorter plants with smaller leaves and not as many flowers.
Impatiens are available in many colors - red, scarlet, pink, white, rose and mauve - and in star patterns and bi-colors with light colors inside the flowers and darker colors at the margins of the petals. These flowers come in single, semi double or fully double forms.
When selecting impatiens plants at a garden center, I look for the smallest, healthiest plants. By 'small', I mean short. By 'healthy' I mean the darkest green with lots of leaves. Leggy or tall plants in a flat do not grow as well. I have been told that flats of plants with blooms on them will not grow as vibrant because they are too occupied with producing seeds thru the flowers.
An Impatiens Seed Pod: - This shade loving plant flower just might re-seed.
This seed pod (in the very center of the image) will grow big and fat--when touched even slightly, it will burst open. The seed will fly all over and grow into new plants next season!
(The image of the impatiens seed pod shown above is originally from Flickr user Carl Lewis. I cropped his image for use here.)
Dragonfly Lanterns to accompany your impatiens: - Dragonflies and impatiens look lovely together!
My lantern is over 10 years old and I dearly love it. The oriental flavor of the design fits nicely with impatiens in my shady flower bed. You will be quite lucky if you can find one!
If you love dragonflies, I found a couple of lanterns for you below. Click on one of the links and go explore Amazon.
A good substitute for my outdoor lantern:
Fat Seed Pods Ready to Burst Open! (click on smaller images to open them) - Not impatiens, but the seed pods here are very similar! (images are mine)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Shady impatiens on Amazon! - Available for purchasing now:
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I love this color impatiens for your garden.
This color will brighten up the shady patches in your own garden.
What fertilizer do you prefer for your garden? - Blooming plants need nourishment! Buy on Amazon.
I use Dynamite on my impatiens. Want to see what this product is? Click Dynamite Plant and Tomato Food. You will be taken to my article about this amazing product.
If you do not see your brand here, go to Amazon and find it, then put it on the list! Thanks!
Impatiens gardening tip:
Impatiens rarely need much fertilizer. An overdose of liquid fertilizer which is quick-acting, will give them too much nitrogen all at once. They are stimulated to produce abundant foliage, so they have little energy left to produce flowers. This tender foliage also attracts aphids and other insects. Use a slow-acting, granular product sparingly, in the spring. From: Yardener.
Thanks for visiting my shady garden page. I hope I inspired you to try impatiens in your flower beds this year.
© 2010 Mickie Goad