Commonly known as hardy impatiens, I refer to it as the one that got away. If you keep up with our blog, then you know we passed on it at the Bloedel Reserve’s annual plant sale earlier this year. Seeing it in the landscape surrounding the water feature at Savage Plants nursery, mature and thriving in its conditions, made me realize how much I love this plant.
Impatiens omeiana is native to China and grows in moist, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade in zones 6 to 9.
Give it room to grow as it’s a spreading perennial. Not only does it offer striking, colorful foliage, but its flowers are showstoppers. Take a look for yourself…
Early fall is when this plant will bloom. Lucky for us, Far Reaches Farm in Port Townsend has this plant in stock. We’ll happily make the trip as our woodland garden feels incomplete without it!
Last photo courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden