Bounce Impatiens – filling in the Garden Impatiens void

Bounce Pink Flame Impatiens

 Bounce Pink Flame Impatiens

A new variety of hybrid impatiens has been introduced and will be available in limited quantities this Spring—the ‘Bounce’ series, along with its larger sister line, the ‘Big Bounce’ series. Both series result from a breeding cross between New Guinea impatiens and traditional Garden impatiens. Like many hybrids, ‘Bounce’ inherits some of the most desirable characteristics from each parent. From its New Guinea impatiens lineage it receives the leaf shape and the larger flowers typical of New Guineas. Perhaps most importantly, though, it also receives the celebrated New Guinea resistance to Downy Mildew.

Bounce white impatiens

 Bounce white impatiens

From its Garden impatiens parents it inherits the higher flower density, shade-tolerance and spreading habit typical of Garden impatiens. That means that each plant will tolerate more shade and cover a much wider area than will the more upright New Guinea impatiens.

Since ’Bounce’ impatiens, like most New Guinea impatiens, are produced from cuttings and not from seed, they’ll be available only in 4” pots or larger and not in flats of 48. Regardless, ’Bounce’ impatiens will make a welcome addition to the shade garden.

Fall Color Ideas for the Garden

Fall Color Ideas

Fall Container Planting

Fall is not just for mums anymore.  Your choices for Autumn and Winter color are far more varied than just a few years ago.  Try combining mums with new varieties of Ornamental Kale and Cabbage, Millet (a red-leafed, wheat-like flowering grass), the more compact varieties of Maiden Grass, and Algerian Ivy to really brighten up your pot and bed arrangements.

Fall Front Entry PlantingAnd once Thanksgiving comes, pop out the spent mums and add a mix of white Birch stems and Red-Stem Dogwood branches for height.  Use layers of evergreen boughs like Spruce and Pine as a cover for the soil.  If this winter is anything like the last three years, you’ll have color right up through New Year’s Day.

Spring and Summer Gardening Tips

Spring/Summer GARDENING TIPS

March: Time to prune roses and deciduous shrubs before they fully leaf out. Mulch beds if not already done in fall. Cut some dormant Forsythia branches and bring them inside for some early color.

April: Ideal time to divide and move perennials and to plant pansies and Osteospermum

Mid-April through May: Time to re-seed a thin lawn.

Mother’s Day: Generally, last date for killing frost. Time to begin planting summer flowers. Turn irrigation system on for regular watering.

June 1st: Safe to put cold-sensitive tropical plants and Caladiums outside. Introduce those that have been in your house gradually to full sun so the leaves don’t sunburn.

Late June: Time to remove pansies and other cool-weather annuals and replace with summer flowers.

Early to mid July: Give your flower pots their first tune-up — trim back long, trailing foliage, dead-head Geraniums. Add more slow-release fertilizer and then give everything a good, thorough drenching with liquid fertilizer. Repeat one month later. Time to give shrubs and trees their first summer pruning.