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Impatiens

Impatiens are one of the most popular bedding plants across the nation, and Florida is no exception. These cheerful, easy-to-grow annuals have bright red, orange, pink, or white flowers that attract
butterflies.

In South Florida, plant your impatiens in the fall to enjoy winter and spring color. North Florida gardeners should plant in the spring, after the last frost.

Impatiens need moist, well-drained soil and at least part shade. Direct sun can be too intense for most varieties, although New Guinea impatiens thrive in sun.

They look great when planted en masse, and can also be used in containers, hanging baskets, and borders. Keep in mind that impatiens spread and self-seed, so give them plenty of room to grow. When your impatiens get tired at the end of the season, you can replace them with new bedding plants.

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