Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Annuals
Electric Garden Color
by Susan Littlefield
If you'd like to add an electric jolt of color to your shade garden this season, consider the new Infinity® New Guinea impatiens from Proven Winners. 'Electric Cherry' (pictured) sports large, bright cherry-pink blossoms shot through with vivid lilac and accented with a small white eye as the flowers age. 'Electric Coral' displays vivid coral-colored blooms shot through with hot pink that develop a white eye. The glossy dark-green foliage is the perfect foil for these vibrant flowers. These sturdy, versatile plants grow 10-14 inches tall, with a 6-12 inch spread, and do well in both landscape and container plantings.
New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens x hawkeri) are more sun-tolerant than garden impatiens (Impatiens wallerana) and do best in a spot that gets morning sun and 4-6 hours of afternoon shade, although they will adapt to shadier sites and in northern climates will even tolerate full sun with adequate moisture. Give them fertile, well-drained soil that is consistently moist but not soggy. A dose of soluble fertilizer at half-strength every couple weeks will keep them thriving through the season. If plants get leggy, just trim back the stems to a leaf node, feed them, and you'll enjoy another round of blossoms.