Good alternative/something similar to impatiens?
For 10 years, we had a giant (dying) tree in front of our house. We had it removed last summer, in August. For those ten years, I had regular impatiens in the beds around my house. They did so well in the shade. I had so many complements on how beautiful they would turn out every year!
In August when the tree was removed, the impatiens obviously died quickly because of the new amount of sun and heat. Now, I'm really confused because I don't know what annual to plant in mid-May that would be similar and is open for full-sun exposure.
I used to alternate the colors between a solid color and a white. Pink, white, pink, white, etc. I would like to continue the same pattern with a similar-growing plant (one with big blooms!)
My mom suggested begonias. I also remember one sun-loving annual last year at the nursery that had a similar large bloom. I cannot remember the name!
Any suggestions? I always plant petunias, both wave/proven winners cascading, and regular petunias, but I don't want them in the flower beds on the ground. (Did this once, and they were gorgeous, but grew into the lawn, and hubby had a hard time cutting grass).
Thank you! I look forward to planting my annuals every year, so this is a big decision and quite a change from shade to sun!
ps - I'm in Southeastern Ohio.
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