Impatiens won't even be sold in Connecticut this year. I don't know what to plant to replace them! I've been planting impatiens for 40 years and my grandmother had them in her garden when I was a teenager. Does anyone have any idea on what would replace impatiens? Thanks Linda
@Linda B Douglass is right the New Guinea impatiens are a good contender. Have you considered doing some nicotiniea and allysum. The allysum may also reseed itself for next season. Both of those plants also do well in a hanging basket. I gave up on petunia a number of years ago because of the constant dead heading required. Let us know what you choose and how it works. Thanks for posting :)
Good luck, Becky. I hope the disease for impatiens doesn't hit your area. That's just what I planted also - all over. I had forgotten about vincas, so I guess I'll go with those and New Guinea impatiens along with wax begonias, geraniums, and other miscellaneous flowers. But the impatiens was the mainstay of the garden! Thanks, everybody. Much help!
You also might consider Torenia and Browailia, not as much color selection but a good shady show can be had from them combining them with some of the great coleus. Balsam is another great shade annual color plant, which is actually an old fashioned impatiens and very easy to seed into your garden. My Mom used to call them 'touch me nots' (and impatiens were sultanas).