Impatiens and Begonias
Specialty Impatiens display abundant flower color and shapes that will brighten the darkest corner. Begonias offer a cornucopia of ornate foliage, flower forms and intense colors for areas with shade to full sun.
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New Guinea Impatiens
- Sun tolerant (provide shade for the hottest part of the day)
- Large leaves and bright flowers offer a tropical look for shady areas
- Dramatic fillers
- Attract Hummingbirds (Impatiens 'New Guinea Hawkeri' pictured here)
- Darling rose-style flowers in a variety of colors
- Prolific blooms summer through fall
- Great fillers or thrillers in containers (Impatiens 'Silhouette Rose Star' pictured here)
- Fusion series - unique flower shape in colors of yellow and peach
- I. niamniamensis display exotic, red and yellow flowers shaped like elf shoes
- I. balsamina or Poor Man's Orchid adds height reaching 3-5' tall and freely reseeds for next year
- Trailing Impatiens such as the Butterfly series are great for hanging baskets (Impatiens 'Buttlerfly Salmon with Eye' pictured here)
Dragon Wing Begonias
- Grows in full sun to part shade
- Large waxy leaves create a tropical look
- Prolific flowers in pink or red
- Colorful houseplants
- Fantastic foliage colors, textures and shapes
- Lush tropical look that adds zest to any combination or alone in a pot.
- Great houseplants for low light
- Amazing, fluffy flowers in a wide range of colors
- Low maintenance requiring little water and fertilizer
- Versatile - great in pots, hanging baskets, window boxes and in ground
- Edible flowers
- Easy to overwinter
- Bonfire begonias and relatives give an elegant look to any container
- Fuchsia begonias have unique small shiny leaves, prolific pink flowers and bloom early
- Begonia luxurians adds a distinctive tropical texture and reaches 3-5' tall in a single season.
- Doublet begonias have darling double flowers on top of shiny dark leaves
- Rieger Begonias (shown here) have rosebud-style flowers that come in a wide array of colors.
Which Impatiens can take full sun?
New Guinea Impatiens are the most tolerant of full sun. A new series called SunPatiens is specifically bread for this purpose. Classic bedding Impatiens such as the Accent series can also grow in full sun provided copious amounts of water.
Why are my Impatiens wilting and not perking up after I water?
There could be several reasons Impatiens may do this. First is that they are incredibly sensitive to cold and if they are planted too early temperatures in the thirties will damage or kill Impatiens. The second reason water would not perk up wilting Impatiens is overwatering or poorly drained soil.
Can I cut back my leggy Impatiens?
Yes you can cut leggy Impatiens by about a third to encourage compact plants. Keep in mind that they will take at least a month of growth and fertilizing to look good again. A good strategy is to cut back half of your plants in July and the other half in August.
Which begonias can grow in full sun?
Many begonias will do just fine in full sun. The bedding plant fibrous begonias, Dragon Wing Begonias and Bonfire Begonias handle full sun best.
How often do I need to water and fertilize my begonias?
Begonias like to get mostly dry between waterings. They will perform at their best with monthly fertilizing or an application of a slow release fertilizer at planting time.
How do I overwinter my begonias?
Begonias can spend the winter indoors as houseplants in a bright window with minimal water. Tuberous and Bonfire begonias can be stored in a basement or garage for the winter.