Friday, August 07, 2009

Variegated Double Impatiens

Variegated Double Impatiens
Impatiens walleriana 'Fiesta Ole Peppermint'
(im-PAY-shuns) (wall-er-ee-AH-nuh)
Synonyms: 'Balolepep'

This was part of the huge Impatiens planting we put in the front of someone’s house this year. It was kind of a rush job that was left to the last minute. Luckily I was able to score 30 dozen plants and put them in on time. The only type available was double flowered Impatiens so we mixed ‘Stardust Pink’, ‘Appleblossom’ and ‘Peppermint’. Unknown to me at the time was ‘Peppermint’s compact habit. We used the 5 dozen ‘Peppermint’ for two large semicircles surrounded by the other varieties so everything turned out nice. The planting has since has become a true carpet of color.

‘Peppermint’ is part of the Fiesta Ole series and grows 8 to 10 inches tall and has beautiful creamy white and green foliage. The flowers are shaped a little bit like roses and the plants themselves don’t seem to require any pinching, clean up or pruning.

Here is another flower that was blooming at work yesterday. Slugs had ravaged this Hibiscus this season (you can see the foliage). The Iron Phosphate slug repellent has worked and the plant is once again producing a lot of flowers. I am posting this tropical beauty since Karen and I just got a couple of tickets to visit my sister on Maui. October can’t come soon enough.


i beati said...

doubles like tuiny roses..sandy

SandyCarlson said...

Those impatiens make me think of begonias. That's me who knows so little about flowers.

Maui? Good for you. Roll on, October!

ChrisJ said...

Gorgeous hibiscus. The rabbits/birds/squirrels or maybe all three have almost stripped our hibiscus bushes this summer.

Carletta said...

These are beautiful!
Love the shadow on the hibiscus!

Carletta’s Captures.

david mcmahon said...

The structure of that double impatiens reminds me of the smaller, pre-sasanqua camellias.