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New Guinea Impatiens are the most tolerant of full sun. A new series called SunPatiens is specifically bread for this purpose. Classic bedding Impatiens such as the Accent series can also grow in full sun provided copious amounts of water.
There could be several reasons Impatiens may do this. First is that they are incredibly sensitive to cold and if they are planted too early temperatures in the thirties will damage or kill Impatiens. The second reason water would not perk up wilting Impatiens is overwatering or poorly drained soil.
Yes you can cut leggy Impatiens by about a third to encourage compact plants. Keep in mind that they will take at least a month of growth and fertilizing to look good again. A good strategy is to cut back half of your plants in July and the other half in August.
Many begonias will do just fine in full sun. The bedding plant fibrous begonias, Dragon Wing Begonias and Bonfire Begonias handle full sun best.
Begonias like to get mostly dry between waterings. They will perform at their best with monthly fertilizing or an application of a slow release fertilizer at planting time.
Begonias can spend the winter indoors as houseplants in a bright window with minimal water. Tuberous and Bonfire begonias can be stored in a basement or garage for the winter.