Impatiens

Classic almost care free summer annual. Beautiful full clusters of flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds love.

New Impatiens for 2007 October 30, 2008

New Impatiens for 2007

New Impatiens Introductions: Simply Beautiful Fusion & Fanfare Impatiens Series

Impatiens with Orchid Like Blooms and Tropical Colors (Even Yellow!) Impatiens are a garden favorite because they deliver long lasting color in shade. Reds, pinks, lavenders and pure white Impatiens will brighten any dark corner throughout the growing season. Impatiens have indeed become a garden standard.

The breeders at Ball Horticultural Company have recently introduced two new series of Impatiens that are testing very positively. They are both released under the Simply Beautiful brand name: Simply Beautiful Fusion™ series and Simply Beautiful Fanfare™ series.

Simply Beautiful Fusion

The Fusion Impatiens series has the distinction of offering the first yellow Impatiens flowers. It took breeders years to isolate and stabilize Fusion Impatiens ‘Glow’ from its  wild parent, but it was worth the effort.       From their effortscreating “glow” came a whole series of exotic warm colors. Fusion ‘Radiance’ is coral with a rust center. Fusion ‘Infrared’ is a darker coral with shades of yellow and orange. Then there’s Fusion ‘Sunset’ in apricot with a maroon center and Fusion ‘Heat’ which is a stunning rusty orange with a yellow center. The series looks almost tropical.
The Fusion series still has the non-stop blooming power of traditional Impatiens, but the flowers are an interesting cup shape with a deeper colored center. Ball likens them to orchid shaped flowers.
Mature plants will reach 12 – 16″ in height and width.
Maintenance of the Fusion Impatiens Series.
The Fusion series is as undemanding as common Impatiens, but since these annual flowers are going to bloom until frost, you’ll want to give them a rich, well drained soil to grow in.

You can amend the soil with organic matter or use a slow-release fertilizer when planting.

  • Mulch after planting and give them a light feeding every 6 – 8 weeks.
  • Fusion Impatiens enjoy a little sun in the morning, but prefer afternoon shade.
  • Heat and humidity don’t seem to faze them.
  • If they should begin to look leggy toward the end of summer, Fusion Impatiens can be rejuvenated by shearing them back by about 1/3. New growth and flowers will follow shortly.
  • To find a garden center that carries the Fusion Impatiens Series, check the

    Simply Beautiful website. Keep reading to learn about the trailing  Fanfare Impatiens Series.               

    Trailing Impatiens: Simply Beautiful Fanfare Impatiens Series

    Perfect for Hanging Around in the Shade

    Simply Beautiful Fanfare

    Maintenance of the Fanfare Impatiens Series

    The exciting news about the Simply Beautiful Fanfare Impatiens series is that they are spreaders and trailers. These Impatiens look incredible in hanging baskets and containers. Of course they are equally at home in beds and since they spread, you’ll need fewer to cover the same amount of space as traditional Impatiens. They have the added bonus of handling heat better than common Impatiens.

    The Fanfare Impatiens series comes in 6 colors: Fuchsia, Blush, Lavender, Orange, Pink Sparkle and the latest, Bright Coral. Mature plants reach a height of 16 – 20″ and can spread up to 2 feet.

    As with the Fusion Impatiens series Fanfare Impatiens are no fuss plants. keep in mind that flowers that bloom profusely benefit from a rich soil and some periodic supplemental feeding during the growing season.

    • You can amend the soil with organic matter or use a slow-release fertilizer when planting.
    • Mulch after planting and give them a light feeding every 6 – 8 weeks.
    • Fusions Impatiens enjoy a little sun in the morning, but prefer afternoon shade.
    • Heat and humidity don’t seem to faze them.
    • If they should begin to look leggy toward the end of summer, Fusion Impatiens can be rejuvenated by shearing them back by about 1/3. New growth and flowers will follow shortly.

    To find a garden center that carries the Fanfare Impatiens Series, check the Simply Beautiful website.     

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    Other New Varieties Include:

    Devine Pink             Envoy Cherry              Extreme Utopia

            

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