Impatiens is one of the best and brightest color accent for shady areas. Dead heading will help plants to continue to bloom all summer long.

The first time you encounter the exploding seed pods of Impatiens you will never forget why they are called 'Touch-Me-Nots.' One of my favorite Impatiens is the colorful New Guinea, but there is no denying the classic look of the basic white bedding Impatiens, the single white flower in a sea of green is sharp and clean.

Impatiens are a shade garden staple because they are easy, versatile, and provide great color late spring to first frost. They are also great in hanging baskets or wherever you need a little extra color, as long as they are protected from afternoon sun.

Now there are so many different kinds of Impatiens available from low growing bedding types to tall Poor Man Orchids – like I.Balsamnea or a sure favorite I.Balfourii. You are sure to find something perfect for that bare shady spot when shopping for Impatiens.

Here are some varieties to look for when you come to Portland Nursery.

Impatiens 'Elfin'
Impatiens 'Super Elfin'

Bedding Impatiens

Wide range of colors, your classic Impatiens used for large mass plantings or tucking into containers.

  • Accent: 8-10" tall.
  • Dazzler: 8-10" tall.
  • Super Elfin: 10-12" tall.
Impatiens 'Painted Paradise'
Impatiens 'Painted Paradise'

New Guinea

Wide range of colors, distinctive pointed leaves and large flowers, this is such a striking plant, looks great in a tropical planter.

  • Sun Patiens: 15-20" tall – heat tolerant and grows in full sun.
  • Paradise: 15-20" tall.
  • Painted Paradise: 8-12" tall – variegated leaves with cream and red (star of the garden)..
Impatiens 'Rosebud'
Impatiens 'Rosebud'


Wide range of colors, cute dainty flowers, rose look-a-likes for the shade.

  • Silhouette: 10-12' tall – large double flowers.
  • Fiesta: 10-12" tall – a party in your plant.
  • Variegated: "Summer Ice" 10-12" tall – attractive cream edged green leaves.
  • Fanciful: 8-10" tall – multi-petaled flowers .
Impatiens 'Butterfly'
Impatiens 'Butterfly Salmon Eyes'

Trailing Butterfly

  • 10-12" tall – sweet little flowers.
  • Great for hanging baskets.
I. Balfourii
Impatiens balfourii

Impatiens balfourii

  • Pink and white.
  • Flower stock could be up to 3'to 4' tall and readily re-seeds.
  • This plant is admired by all in the front parking lot of our Stark St. store. Their light airy flowers sway in the wind and really catch your eye.
I. balsamina
Impatiens balsamina

Impatiens balsamina

  • Wide range of colors; mostly a spectrum of pink to reds.
  • 12"wide x 27" tall.
  • Tooth lance-shaped leaves with 2" wide flowers.
I. arguta
Impatiens arguta (photo by Antonio Costa)

Impatiens arguta

  • Light to medium blue.
  • 24" tall – attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.
  • Hardy zone 7-9 .
I. niamniamesis
Impatiens niamniamesis

Impatiens niamniamesis

  • Congo Series: 18-36" tall.
  • Truly unique with dangling orange, yellow and green flowers shaped like elf shoes.
  • Also makes a good house plant..

Add Spring color to your garden with Annuals

Annuals are planted every year and provide color summer till frost. Many annuals can be wintered over indoors or reseed outdoors providing extra value to their flower power!