Because I am so far behind, and posting photos of all the flowers from every week is a major editing and time consuming affair for me and also like watching paint dry, I thought what I would do is choose a particular plant or plants for each post and take them all the way through the season photographically for you. That way you can see the entire growing arc and just how each plant did or didn’t do all at once and you won’t die of terminal suspense!
So this post is about the Sun Patiens. We planted them in 3 main spots, but I’m only going to show you two in this post. The third area is with another group of plants and it will be easier to show them together than to lump them in with these other two areas. So…Sun Patiens are impatiens that are bred to grow in sunny conditions (sun tolerant), which is the total opposite of a normal impatiens plant. Normal impatiens thrive in shady areas.
We got these in mid-June and because we had so many plants to plant, we just set them where we were going to plant them so they could get used to their new environment. It’s an old planter box alongside our house and gets full abusive sun. Might as well see if they live up to their name!
You can see the planter box a little more in this shot, above. Then, below, we planted them the next week. This is June 24th, I believe:
They have an almost reddish stem, and it’s almost like a waxy begonia stem. Hard to describe, but you get the feeling water is a big part of the makeup of this stem structure.
The other area we planted them was in this bowl. At the back is the maroon coleus, to the right with the white flowers is the oxalis, and in front just below the coleus, are the sun patiens. The bowl sits on our deck which faces south. Because of the trees, though, it gets both sun and shade. The photo above is from June 19.
The photo above is from June 24, and you can see how the sun patiens have started to fill in the bowl, as has the oxalis.
By July 8 (above), the sun patiens in the planter box are starting to fill in also.
Also on July 8, the sun patiens in the bowl have started to bloom (see the orange flower at left).
Fast forward a month and a half to August 18 (above), and you can see what happens! The sun patiens really took to the sunny area of the planter box and bloomed their brains out. I love the multicolors of the flowers., and the shape of the leaves and the plant in general reminds me of the New Guinea impatiens. I like the variegated leaves of the plant on the left side. You’ll see more of those in the third area when we get to it.
Same day, August 18 (above), is the Sun patiens bowl. The sun patiens have crowded the oxalis a bit, and have achieved a little height next to the coleus. The hot orange color of the flowers is very becoming next to the pink (normal) impatiens hanging from the bag on the left and the white begonias on the right.
Above, on August 25th, you can see the sun patiens have taken over the front of the bowl. It’s in its prime, and it’s lovely. I won’t show you any more of it, as it’s all down hill from here, although I will tell you the oxalis makes a stunning comeback.
Here’s the planter box sun patiens, also on August 25th. Just glorious, don’t you think?
That’s it for the sun patiens for now. More flowers to come. I’ll try to post more often now. Stay tuned.