Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana) brightens shady garden spaces. Impatiens grow up to 24 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Blooming early summer through mid fall, impatiens produce blooms in orange, pink, purple, white or red. Varieties include single, semi-double and double blooms. Because these annuals thrive in shade, they're useful for brightening up shady spots in your yard. In warmer climates, impatiens may continue to bloom from late fall to early winter.
Determine the amount of sunlight your garden receives each day to determine the best type of impatiens. Impatiens cultivars, such as 'Snap Weed,' 'Jewel Weed,' 'Busy Lizzy' and 'Patient Lucy' thrive in the shade. New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens x hawkeri) prefer full to partial sun.
Select a flower container with a drainage hole in the bottom, and at least 8 inches of soil depth. Place a layer of pebbles across the bottom of the pot. Pebbles assist with the pot's drainage. Allow two transplants for a 6-inch pot, and three transplants for a 12-inch pot. If you're planting the impatiens in the ground, dig a hole as wide as the root base.
Place the impatiens in the flower pot or ground. Add soil to any spaces around the roots. Spread an even level of garden soil across the top of the pot or across the top of the roots in the ground.
Water impatiens with 2 inches of water per week. Fertilize impatiens every two weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer.
Prune flowers by cutting the stem 3 inches to the roots base in mid to late summer.