Hutchinson Farm Flower Guide
Photo: Assorted Impatiens, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm #2 Greenhouse, Burlington, ON, May 12 2011 (Rebecca MacTavish, aged 9)
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since 1982. Available May 2022 in 4" pots, hanging baskets, and hanging pouches.

Once the most popular bedding plant of all, impatiens all but disappeared in 2016 due to the downy mildew out break. Breeders went to work and they're back with new disease resistant cultivars. What we have learned from being without shade impatiens for a few years and now have had a chance in the last couple of years to evaluate their performance is this: SunPatiens are superior to regular shade impatiens, in both shade and sun.
  • Description

    Winter Hardiness: Annual (very frost sensitive)
    Light Requirements: bright shade - part sun
, avoid hot afternoon sun
    Where to plant: flower beds, containers, and hanging baskets

    Height: 10 - 16"
    10 - 16"

  • Garden Performance
    The go to plant for shady areas. However we have to say SunPatiens do equally well in shady spots and put on a bigger show.

  • Growing Guide
    Impatiens are just about the easiest flower you can grow.  Watering is crucial -try to avoid neglect to the point of droopy wilt, they will come back, but they will drop their flower petals. Bright shade, and some sun is ideal. Famous for being a shade plant, if the conditions are not light enough, impatiens will get leggy, and not bloom very much. Impatiens will grow in almost total sun, but they require lots and lots of water -there are lots of sun-loving plants better suited to hot sunny locations. Plant about 8 -12" apart. Fertilize lightly.

  • Colours and Varieties

    We are trialing two series in 2020. This year we will evaluate the colours and growing habits of these new varieties, and if we're happy with them, we will grow more in 2021, many in hanging baskets and pouches. Please note, we will not be offing flats of impatiens.

    • Beacon Bright Red
      Beacon Coral
      Beacon Orange
      Beacon Rose
      Beacon Salmon
      Beacon Violet Shades