One of the most peaceful settings in my garden is in the back yard. Turn a corner from the circle garden and meander down the pathway through the area we call the tropical garden. It is deeply shaded in the centermost sections except for streams of morning light illuminating selected parts. In the late afternoon the angled sunrays from the west reach beneath the oak canopy to again brighten spots and provide soft sunlight.
In the hottest part of the day it is the coolest place to be due to the mature oak trees spreading their limbs over the expanse of it. The plantlife densely sited throughout really appreciates the shade and the protection those trees offer from the brutal sunshine of the day. I am drawn to it because of the restful feeling this area in my garden provides.
Among the many layers of foliage, designed carefully for a lush tropical feel, is a colorful array of impatiens scattered throughout.
Funny thing about all those shade-loving impatiens in these photos is that not one has been planted by me. Every one of them has come up as a volunteer.
They are pretty little things this time of year but, by nature, demand excessive amounts of water. They are not a plant I ever recommend for Florida for that reason. Mine are forced to survive on the regular weekly irrigation and rainfall (when we get it) as I refuse to baby them.
They also tell a story thriving in clumps all around the seating; those chairs along the tropical pathway are not getting enough use are they!
Usually I pull stray impatiens like weeds but somehow I let these grow this spring. Now that the chairs look like they are the ones growing out of the plants I can't bring myself to disturb the surprise, unplanned scenery. As summer extends they'll get lanky and leggy and I'm sure I'll have the courage to pull them out then.
Some garden surprises turn out for the best.
Still upcoming the second part of Naturalistic Gardens (I didn't forget). :-)