A popular heirloom with soft magenta flowers, Impatiens walleriana 'Variegata' worked beautifully last summer in our shade garden. The white-edged, slate-green foliage harmonized well with the Hosta and Ferns while adding a subtle spot of color.
Impatiens is a wide-spread and sizable genus (more than 800 species) of annuals and perennials with juicy and almost succulent stems. They are found in tropical and warm regions of the world. You may know one of our native species of moist areas, the orange jewel weed (Impatiens capensis).