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Blue Diamond Impatiens
photo: Egil J. Skarning via wikipedia.org
From a genus comprised of hundreds of species, the following
easily grown shade lovers offer both foliar and floral
interest. Impatiens omeiana is surprisingly hardy, while
the other selections are quite tender; all look compelling
in either a pot or a garden bed.
Hailing from the world’s deepest canyon in the remote
Himalayan shadows of Mt. Namcha-Barwa, this wondrous
2003 discovery introduces perhaps the bluest
flowering perennial Impatiens to date. Hallmarked by
yellow-etched white throats and bright ultramarine or
vivid blue-violet flared petals, whose colors vacillate
with exposure, the extraordinary bountiful blooms
appear nearly year round, conjuring images of exotic
flying birds amid shiny serrated green leaves. Highly
coveted, hard-to-find and perfect for containers, inside
or out, Blue Diamond is a frost sensitive temptress that
can be grown as a self-sowing annual in cold climates
and as a perennial in milder areas, where it adores cool
summers, even moisture and filtered light, and abhors
hot sun and frosty nights.
Size: 18" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 10.
Impatiens namchabarwensis (P-1807)
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Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.
In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden! Digging Dog's mid March 2017 Newsletter Link
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