August 24, 2017

Let the Sun Shine

New Guinea impatiens 'Sonic Salmon' bud opening

Janine Pineo Photo | New Guinea impatiens 'Sonic Salmon' bud opening

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

Unlike its relatives that prefer to stay in the cool shade, Impatiens x hawkeri doesn’t mind getting a bit of sun on its face, just not all day long. Commonly called New Guinea impatiens (their land of origin), these relative newcomers to American shores will do well in morning sunshine. Often used in pots, the New Guinea impatiens will put on an even better show in the ground, blossoming nonstop with bold 3-inch flowers. Like its relative, these impatiens can’t tolerate drying out completely, not with those succelent stems to keep moist. Having just arrived in the States in 1972, there is a substantial number of series involving hundreds of cultivars out there, including the Sonic series, introduced to the world in 2005. Sonic Salmon, pictured above, is but one of a family including Sonic Amethyst, Sonic Red, Sonic Mango, Sonic Sweet Cherry and so on. You get the (pretty) picture.

New Guinea impatiens 'Sonic Salmon' flower

Janine Pineo Photo | New Guinea impatiens 'Sonic Salmon' flower

New Guinea impatiens 'Sonic Salmon' bud

Janine Pineo Photo | New Guinea impatiens 'Sonic Salmon' bud