Double impatiens does not mean double the trouble, but rather, double the delight. With flowers that resemble roses, the impatiens flowers are a beautiful annual that is dependable.
Double impatiens (Impatiens x hybrid) look especially pretty in the spring planted next to blooming azaleas. They are cheery flowers that brighten up a landscape.
Double impatiens tend to be taller than the regular varieties. I also find their colors are more vibrant and breathtaking. My double impatiens bloom in the spring and early summer.
Purchase impatiens from a nursery or garden center as rooted plants. They come in a variety of color such as white, purple, red, orange, pink, lavender.
Flower meaning of impatiens
The meaning of impatiens flowers is motherly love. Send impatiens as a gift for a baby shower, baby's birth or sympathy. Impatiens were grown in Medieval gardens to honor the Virgin Mary.
Here are a few tips for growing double impatiens in your shade garden:
- Wait to plant your impatiens until the soil warms up.
- Plant the impatiens about 12 to 18 inches apart. They grow to be 18 to 24 inches tall. Plant in a shady spot or in a container on the porch.
- Water generously after planting if you do not receive a lot of rain. If you are growing impatiens in container gardens, water every other day or when surface soil feels dry. Gradually water less frequently until established.
- Fertilize impatiens once a week with liquid flower fertilizer.
- It's not necessary to deadhead the double impatient blooms. The flower blooms drop when they die, which is similar to the knock out roses.
Double impatiens grow nicely in Florida and other warm climates such as South America. Impatiens start to die when the soil becomes cold. I love impatiens because they bloom throughout the season.