SunPatiens impatiens (impatiens hybrids)


Every gardener knows those old shade-garden favorites impatiens. With SunPatiens, you can have their colorful, long-lasting flowers in full sun, too. They come in all the classic colors, from white to pink to orange to magenta red.

There are three groups of sizes: The Vigorous group is great for filling in large garden spaces. Spreading varieties, like the red-orange Corona, are great for containers. And Compact SunPatiens, like Compact Lilac, stay about 18 to 24 inches tall in pots, although they can get a little larger if planted in the ground. Looking for a little extra oomph? Two Spreading varieties, Salmon and White, also feature the variegated leaves.

SunPatients are easy to grow, too! They do need a steady water supply, so make sure to offer some supplemental water during dry spells. They’re also heavy feeders and will bloom better if you fertilize with an all-purpose water-soluble fertilizer two or three times a month during the summer. But they’ll shed spent flowers without deadheading, and they maintain compact shapes without needing to be pinched or pruned. All you really have to do is enjoy them!

Here’s the Facts:

  • Blooms: White, lilac, pink, peach salmon, coral, orange, rose, magenta and red
  • Light: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Most, well-drained
  • Pests: None serious
  • Size: Vigorous – 36 to 48 inches tall, 24 to 36 inches wide; Spreading – 30 to 40 inches tall, 24 to 36 inches wide; Compact – 18 to 36 inches tall and wide
  • Cold-hardy: Zones 10 to 11
  • Heat-tolerant: Zones 12 to 1


You can’t beat SunPatiens for a sunny spot, but other New Guinea impatiens, such as the Infinity series, will offer the same range of colors in part to full shade.