If you can provide impatiens with enough humidity, these pretty annuals will add color to your windowsill garden for weeks. While they tolerate the average home temperature, they need at least 50% humidity. Group them with other plants, grow them in a bathroom or near the kitchen sink, or sit their pots in shallow trays filled with pebbles and a little water to give them the moisture they need. Another option: mist your impatiens daily.
If impatiens are your go-to favorite for shade gardens, check out double impatiens like the Rockapulco series, including Appleblossom (above). Double impatiens unfurl rose-like blooms that blanket plants all summer long. There’s no need to remove spent flowers, and plants never need trimming, unless you want to do so to maintain a certain size. Plants flower best in full to part shade. Look for Rockapulco varieties with blossoms in shades of orange, orchid, purple, red and white. Plants grow 10 to 20 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches wide.
Unusual hand-shaped leaves with a striking color mix make Gryphon begonia a star for shade gardens. Avocado green leaves have maroon veins and are splashed with silver. Leaf undersides and stems also showcase maroon shades. It’s a natural for containers, easily filling the thriller role. It looks beautiful paired with red and white Super Elfin impatiens (shown). Gryphon does best in part to full shade, growing 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. In Southern zones, protect Gryphon from hot afternoon sun.
Just because you live in the heart of the city doesn’t mean you can’t commune with nature every day. This green approach to urban terraces from The Artist Garden is one inspired idea that brings together a variety of colors and shapes with columnar oaks, coleus and impatiens set off against the beauty of Ipe wood and limestone flooring.
Vigorous and versatile, SunPatiens take traditional impatiens to the next level with plants that thrive in shade or sun. SunPatiens is the result of a cross between two different impatiens species: New Guinea impatiens and traditional shade-loving Impatiens walleriana. The result is a plant that grows in shade or sun and stands up to high temperatures with ease. Plants add color to the garden or pots from spring through fall’s hard frost. Variegated leaves dazzle in shady settings. Plants grow 14 to 28 inches tall and 14 to 24 inches wide.
When this patio garden was conceived, the landscape architect was remembering a year in Provence. The French country garden boasts concrete pavers, a trellis covered in cup-and-saucer vines, purple leaf plum trees and flowering ground cover.
This Mediterranean estate nestled in the hills of Del Mar, California boasts two grand staircases, dual-sided fireplaces and pitched wood beam ceilings. Manicured garden beds and lush lawns wrap around the home and make a grand impression.
A tiered fountain is one of the highlights of this restful Spanish-inspired garden space. White and purple flowers grow in beds surrounding the walkway and a gazebo provides shade and a relaxing bench swing.
Josh Swanson is mixing his passions, buying flowers that match the colors of his favorite NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings. He selected yellow mums, and white and purple pansies. Marigolds are the most popular annuals among millennial organic gardeners (24 percent), followed by pansies, geraniums, zinnias and impatiens (13 percent each), according to The Home Depot 2015 Fall Gardening Survey.