top view of the deep purple volunteer impatiens that
spill over this container
all volunteer impatiens
one of the wonderful joys of having an abudance of plant life is the fact that there are some species of plants that flourish without me making any effort. impatiens are just that sort of easy to grow annual. i have planted a few over the years. but for the most part they reproduce all on their own. these shade & water loving plants find their way into existing potted plants and into my flower beds-- literally in mass. sometimes I actually (gasp) pull them up because they shoot up in random unwanted places. impatiens are most prolific in the spring and fall because they really prefer the cooler nights and milder days. they do tend to get too tall and leggy in the summertime. i have already pruned almost all the impatiens back that came up this spring. not to worry, they will come back and they will ‘make babies’ in an array of unplanned variety of colors.