Purple Wellies

One woman's musings of plant lust for intoxicating blooms

Impatiens - supermarket bedding or an ideal bed mate!

Last year I purchased two varieties of hardy Impatiens to help prolong the season of interest from summer into autumn in our garden. Impatiens, like many plants, have got themselves a bad reputation. Impatiens glandulifera, or Himalayan balsalm  has become a nuisance along riverbanks and on waste ground with its exploding seed pods.

Not such a shady character

If you are a lover of ferns, but find your garden is too sunny and dry for them, then maybe you need to explore this genus a little deeper. Ferns are an incredibly large and diverse group of plants, having colonised nearly every continent on the planet.