Whether you are a garden novice or a veteran gardener, you may be aware of the sad fact that our shade garden annual favorite is being denied life by the nasty downy mildew that spreads
all across our nation now. Even if you save your own Impatien seed and keep other garden center plants away from your carefully and lovingly tended imps, you are still vulnerable as this is an airborn pathogen that will stay in your soil from one season to the next. It starts on the underside of the plant where you don't always see it. You won't notice until the leaves turn yellow and fall off, the plant withering and dying. There is nothing as of yet that effectively will combat the virulent attack.
This is my list of alternatives to the dilemma of what to plant to give that same heavenly splash of color in the shade garden.
My top picks are
1) Begonia , green wax leaf, tuberous , angel and dragon wing
4) New guinea impatien
8) Shade coleus
10) Euphorbia 'diamond frost'
15) Fan Flower(Scaevola)
There are a bunch more that will take part shade such as Nicotiana, Salvia, and Sweet Williams.
I will miss the sweet sweet impatien, but while the experts search for a cure, it gives us all the opportunity to step out of our garden box and into the wild new territory of DIFFERENT and awesome plants that will put a smile on our garden faces.#itchingforspring
We transformed our outdated 1970's bathroom for less than $100.I painted the trim and cabinetry a glossy white, switched out the cabinetry hardware, and spray painted the gold tones
handles on the faucet! (And it's still intact 10 months later!). To add extra oomph, I painted a striped accent wall and then printed out black silhouettes of birds and created a small gallery wall. Added a few accessories from TJ Maxx and the entire bathroom was transformed!
I collected rocks from the woods and bought the footbridge on line. I found the neat stork at Lowes. Yes, Lowes is my favorite store. I had the stone delivered and I just layed out how I
wanted it with the large rocks and then just filled it in with the stone and mulched the rest. It was pretty easy actually. I got the daylillies from a friend and the grasses I bought at a market. My little cat I had for 17 years is buried under the St. Francis statue on the left side of the bridge so this spot has special meaning to me.
Commented on Jun 27, 2012
Very cool! I love that you have "fish" in your pond! lol