I love impatiens, I really do. They are a workhorse for the shade garden. They also go by the lovely name of patience and my personal favorite: busy lizzies. For the folks that insist on the latin they are Impatiens Wallerana.
It’s true that a lot of gardeners turn up their noses at this rather simple flower. They aren’t fancy or exotic and many think them rather plain. Those that use them to provide color in shady areas tend to be apologetic, as if embarrassed to be seen with them.
Why do I enjoy them so much? I keep two large window boxes on either side of my front steps. With two mature maple trees on either side of the front yard, I get a full day of shade. I’ve tried all sorts of shade plants for these boxes, but still end up coming back to impatiens.
Look how wonderful they fill in all the gaps and create a lovely mounding shape. They come in all sorts of colors, are inexpensive, bloom strongly all summer until frost and best of all, I don’t have to deadhead. They look good in containers or in the ground. Really, what more can you ask for when trying to add color to the shade garden?
No fuss, no muss.