Where Have All The Impatiens Gone?

Where have all the impatiens gone? Impatiens are a popular shade annual, that have a very loyal following from year to year. But, you, like many, may have lost all your impatiens last year. White coating on the underside of the leaves, that yellowed, curled, and dropped to the ground. Sound familiar? It’s a fungus-like pathogen called downy mildew. This is not the same downy mildew that can sometimes affect vegetables and other ornamentals during humid weather in late summer. This is a special strain of downy mildew that just affects our beloved impatiens walleriana.

The bad news? Well, it’s really not THAT bad. But because we don’t want you to fail with your garden plants, we won’t be carrying them this year. Why buy bedding plants that have a HUGE chance of not making it a full season?

The good news? The good news is that we have alternative annuals that will provide color for all your shady spots.

Some of these suggested plants below like partial shade, and others are tolerant to full shade. When you visit, we’ll be happy to help you find just the right plants for your kind of shade.

Although an impatiens by name, New Guinea Impatiens are not affected (whew!). And we have a variety of colors to choose from.


Coleus varieties have come a looong way. And yes, these colors really are as bright as they are on your screen!



A new line of Coleus, called Under the Sea (you need to say it just like Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid), has that oceanic look to it. There are many colors in this line to choose from.


Don’t forget about Caladiums when you need height in your shade garden!



Below, is a new Perilla, called Magilla. Yes. It’s a Purple Perilla Magilla, that’s really its name.


Colorful foliage can really brighten up the shade garden, but there are blooming plants that you can plant along with them. Like these beautiful begonias….



And don’t forget about Torenia. Torenia comes in several different colors and will do great in your shade garden too!


There are others that you can see in person at BCG; polka dot plant, fuschia, lobelia, and even sweet potato vines can do well in part shade. I know, I know, we’ll still be missing our impatiens. But let’s wait it out and see what happens next year, we’ll be sure to keep you informed.

Plant – Bloom – Smile!

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