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Plant of the Week: New Guinea impatiens

Plant of the Week: New Guinea impatiens

Busy lizzies are back – and now they're tropical! After the sad demise of the traditional busy lizzie (Impatiens wallichiana) due to disease, this handsome close relative, I. x hawkeri, has stepped in to fill the gap.

Just like busy lizzies, New Guinea impatiens are the ideal way to brighten up a shady spot with prolific blooms in day-glo colours – though they're also happy in a sunny spot too. The large, glossy leaves also turn heads, often coming in exotic shades of purple and bronze. Keep moist, feed with liquid seaweed once a fortnight and dead-head regularly to keep the blooms coming.

Keeping down weeds

Weeds, so the saying goes, are just plants in the wrong place. The trouble is, there are so many of them. However much you might think dandelions are pretty, or ground elder has elegant leaves, if you stop to admire them too long you (and your plants) will quickly be overrun.

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Hanging baskets you can eat

Hanging baskets aren't just for geraniums: try planting up an edible basket for a display that tastes as good as it looks. Try a trailing tomato like 'Hundreds and Thousands' and partner it with a pretty purple basil and some coriander; or go for a big, bushy chilli and hang it in a sunny spot for brilliantly-coloured fruits this autumn.

A. Luff & Sons Ltd

Welcomes you to Ripley Nurseries - Garden Centre and Farm Shop we are located on the Old Portsmouth Road coaching route between Cobham and Guildford just 2 miles from RHS Wisley in the Village of Ripley. Our Farm Shop is full of fresh produce and local products with a dedicated Florist and Garden Sundries department. We have been serving the local community since 1895 see our history page and among our patrons we served Sir Winston Churchill at Chartwell and Wimbeldon Tennis grounds.