Busy Lizzies have become one of the most popular summer bedding plants of all time, and the choice of varieties is bewildering. They all thrive in shade, one of the plant’s great attractions, but this is not essential and the plants are perhaps even more floriferous in good bright light. They are also relatively weather-proof, although the more compact varieties are better at withstanding wind.
Impatiens ‘New Guinea Group’ has exotic, vividly marked, often large leaves, and conspicuous large flowers in various shades of lilac, red, rose and orange. Plants are very sensitive to cold and wet, and are therefore not planted out until the risk of frost is well past, and need rehousing early in the autumn. In a warm sheltered spot they make flamboyant bedding, and are very popular for summer containers and baskets.
New Guinea Impatiens
How to Grow?
Grow Impatiens ‘New Guinea Group’ in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Feed fortnightly with a high-potash fertiliser and deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering.