Impatiens may look dainty and delicate, but they are quite bountiful and forgiving in the garden as long as they are watered properly. Impatiens are perfect space-fillers, along pathways and borders, by stairs, in container gardens, or in hanging planters! Their diversity also carries into their elegant looks as they come in many colors like blue, red, purple, orange, yellow, pink, and white. Impatiens are highly sensitive to low water moisture in the soil, so it’s imperative that they stay watered regularly. While impatiens do prefer light to heavily shaded areas of the garden, they can be hardened off to the sunlight slowly. Simply bring the impatiens outside a little bit longer each day for nearly a week to desensitize them to the sunlight. Once they’re hardened off, they’re ready to go in the ground! Impatiens should not be planted outside before the last spring frost. During the summer, impatiens may need to be watered twice a day.
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