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Annual plants fall under two categories - hardy and half-hardy. Hardy annuals can be grown outdoors and will tolerate cooler tempratures, whereas the more tender half-hardy annuals need protection and must not be planted out until all risk of frost has passed. These delightful summer flowers add colour and interest to beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets. Use the selections in the left menu to select the right plants for your garden.
Busy Lizzie 'Divine' (New Guinea)
Impatiens x hawkeri
Cut the risk of disease with this robust, downy mildew resistant New Guinea Impatiens. Busy Lizzie ‘Divine’ flowers endlessly, in a wonderful bright colour mix, from June to November on strong, spreading plants that will quickly fill pots and cover beds and borders. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 35cm (14").
Andrew Tokely's Tips
"'Divine' is entirely downy mildew resistant. In our trial it thrived, whereas the 10,000 busy Lizzies (Impatiens walleriana) we grew were decimated. Some of you may be aware of problems reported nationally concerning downy mildew (races 2 and 3) affecting the common busy Lizzie (Impatiens walleriana). There are no chemical treatments available at the present time to help, prevent or eradicate the problem. Thompson & Morgan has withdrawn this type of Impatiens from its plant ranges for the foreseeable future, in order to help reduce the epidemic. The disease is specific to the common busy Lizzie only, so other bedding plants, including New Guinea busy Lizzie types can be grown without risk."
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