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Vivid color in cool shade!

By: Garden Gate staff
Just put this duo wherever you need to brighten up part shade!

Container care doesn’t get much simpler than pairing up these two plants! Easy fuchsia and impatiens create an eye-catching mix of colors. And notice how full these plants look? Both are vigorous growers that fill out quickly, for high impact in a hurry.

Give this combo morning sun, with shade in afternoon heat. Besides part shade, both fuchsia and impatiens like moist, well-drained soil. Fuchsia is a heavier feeder, though, so plant into a larger nursery container and double pot it. This way, it’s easy to lift out when it’s time for a weekly dose of water-soluble fertilizer.

A) Fuchsia (Fuchsia hybrid Shadow Dancers® Violette)
Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Pink and purple bicolor blooms Light Part shade to full shade Size 8 to 12 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in AHS zones 9 to 10, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

B) Impatiens (Impatiens Super Elfin™ White)
Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms White from spring to fall Light Part sun to full shade Size 8 to 10 in. tall, 12 to 14 in. wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in AHS zones 9 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

C) Impatiens (Impatiens Super Elfin™ Violet)
Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Violet pink from spring to fall Light Part sun to full shade Size 8 to 10 in. tall, 12 to 14 in. wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in AHS zones 9 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

D) Impatiens (Impatiens Super Elfin™ Pink)
Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Pink from spring to fall Light Part sun to full shade Size 8 to 10 in. tall, 12 to 14 in. wide Hardiness Cold-hardy in AHS zones 9 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

Interested in more shade container recipes? Check out A bold container for part shade.

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