Annual plants, becoming increasingly popular.
The low-growing and profusely flowering Fi hybrids are used in large quantities as bedding plants in shady positions. The attractive giant balsam is an easy, self-garden plant.
Provide rich, constantly moist, soil.
Sow from early spring onwards under glass. Prick out in good time and avoid excessive damp.
Impatiens balsamina: Height 20-60 cm; flowering season from early summer until autumn. The colours vary from white and cream to purple red,, violet, blue; single or double. The very compact modern hybrids are particularly useful as bedding plants.
Impatiens glandulifera, giant balsam: Height to 2 m; pale-pinkin summer. The are pink and succulent, the grey-green are oval to spear-shaped with sunken veins.