Sun­pa­tiens a must have this sum­mer

Bay News - - YOUR GARDEN | LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS - Ginny Clark

It is a great time to sort some sum­mer flow­er­ing plants, what with all this warm weather and lovely but some­what ex­ces­sive rain.

You can’t go past Sun­pa­tiens which are get­ting rave re­views the world over. With big eye catch­ing flow­ers and dark green or brightly var­ie­gated fo­liage, these flow­er­ing pow­er­houses love the sun.

We are more fa­mil­iar­with the New Guinea or trop­i­cal im­pa­tiens that are widely grown in the shade through the sum­mer months. These will not tol­er­ate full sun through the hottest time of the year and are best grown in full shade.

The Sun­pa­tiens, how­ever, are quite a dif­fer­ent story. They­will flower pro­fusely dur­ing the heat of the sum­mer, be­ing at their best through this time. They are re­ally bright and beau­ti­ful and are per­fect for that sunny spot in the gar­den where youwant to add a burst of trop­i­cal colour.

They come in a range of colours in­clud­ing coral, orange, carmine red, deep rose, lilac, blush pink, white and ma­genta.

We have some planted up in pots and they are per­form­ing bril­liantly.

They have grown into a lovely big bush that is full of flower and over­hang­ing the pot they make a fan­tas­tic dis­play.

Plant en­masse in the gar­den for the best ef­fect. They could be used as a bor­der plant­ing or as a fea­ture un­der the trees or out in the full sun.

When plant­ing at this time of the year, en­sure that you add in some good qual­ity com­post to the soil and per­haps mulch with some Dal­tons Mulch and Grow. Thiswill en­sure that they don’t dry out as even though they like the sun, they do not like to dry out.

So if you are want­ing a blast of colour in your gar­den for sum­mer, get some Sun­pa­tiens in now and be bright!

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Sun­pa­tiens love the sun.

Orange Sun­pa­tiens.

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