I love impatiens but have never had great fortune with them. When I buy them they have an abundance of blooms, of course, which eventually wither and drop in the natural cycle of things. Then they either don't bloom again or bloom very sparsely. For example, this year I planted some impatiens in window boxes which I set on the ground in front of my shed to block the view underneath. And they're doing okay, but they're certainly not robust or profuse with flowers.
When I received a basket of double impatiens from my students at the end-of-year recital on June 3, I was astounded by their beauty, having never seen double impatiens before. But I was also determined to enjoy the flowers to the fullest, thinking that in my care they might never bloom again.
Of course, in the natural course of things, the blooms withered and dropped. And I can't say I did anything special except the basics of watering them carefully and keeping them in partial shade. But on June 27 I was delighted to see new buds:
As the days have passed I've watched the buds get bigger and bigger, turning from white to pink. And now the blossoms have begun their glorious display:
These are quintessential cottage garden flowers, aren't they? So charming! In close-up, they almost look like miniature peonies:
The variety is Fiesta Pink Ruffle Double Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana). Plant tag description/specs include: An abundance of rose-like blooms; provide vivid color and are easy to grow; there is no need to remove faded flowers or prune; partial sun; blooms all season; fertilize monthly for best growth; grows 10-12" tall. These are definitely going on my list of annuals for next year and I highly recommend them. To paraphrase the song, "If they can make it here, they'll make it anywhere..."