Busy Lizzies - colour explosion

2016-10-05 06:00
PHOTO: sourced Impatiens - a lovely rich hues of reds and oranges for ‘hot’ beds.

PHOTO: sourced Impatiens - a lovely rich hues of reds and oranges for ‘hot’ beds.

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IMPATIENS, known to many as “Busy Lizzies”, are a great addition to any summer garden, offering a mass of blooms for a long period.

There are lovely rich hues of reds and oranges for “hot” beds, gentle pastels to relax the eye and a pure white hybrid to add a sense of coolness on those hot summer’s days.

Impatiens will perform beautifully all summer, once established, discerning gardeners the world over have found them among the most carefree annuals in the garden.

Impatiens prefer growing in a lightly or partially shaded position, but they will tolerate­ periods of full sun during the day - they do very well in morning sun positions.

Impatiens can be used extensively around patios and pool areas, along driveways and at entrances, in shady beds under trees or in borders shaded by wall, in-between shrubs and ground covers.

Window boxes, containers and hanging baskets also make excellent homes.

Like all seedlings, regular watering during the first two to three weeks is necessary. After the plants have established themselves, it is better to water thoroughly, less frequently.

Remember that when it rains, plants under trees do not always get the benefit of the water because the trees act like an umbrella.

Impatiens grown in sunnier positions will need more frequent watering.

Impatiens are “carefree” plants and deadheading is not necessary. Occasionally, in heavy shade or where the plants have been over-watered or overfed they can become “leggy”.

Pinching back will encourage branching, a better bush shape and more flowers.

For more information, go to www.lifeisagarden.co.za

- The Bedding Plant Growers Association.

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