Impatiens is a genus with more than 1,000 species of flowering plant and make up the family Balsaminaceae. Also known as Touch-me-not plant, busy Lizzie, patient Lucy, and sultana, this plant is a favorite for its nonstop colorful blooming the entire growing season. Its blue green foliage and blooms of red, purple, blue, white, orange, pink, or yellow make it stand out from other companion plants. There are two types of Impatiens flowers, Impatiens Wallerina and New Guinea Impatiens. New Guinea Impatiens tend to be resistant to a powdery mildew that can develop on the Impatient plant.
The Best Way To Use Impatiens
Impatiens thrive in rich well draining soil and prefer partial sun and shady conditions. Impatiens grow in hardiness zones 10 and 11, but do not like drought conditions. If left without moisture, they can quickly wilt, yet bounce right back with a drink of water.
Growing 8-24 inches high and offering summer to fall non stop blooms, Impatiens are perfect for landscape gardens, summer beds, ground cover, shrub borders, or beneath a shade tree. It is also a great container plant, window box, patio, deck or hanging basket option.