sunpatiens-in-potsSunPatiens® - A Proven Sun-Lover for Texas gardens!

As the weather warms up, we are always on the look-out for new Summer color. A newcomer onto the scene, SunPatiens, has all the industry in a buzz! This cross between the traditional New Guinea Impatiens and a wild Impatiens has produced a full sun and high heat-loving variety. SunPatiens has the flower size of the New Guinea but a strong garden vigor that will allow them to survive harsh Summer conditions.

Plant these beauties in full sun and watch them explode! They will tolerate some shade but may have a tendency to become leggy. If they do get too tall or big, give them a quick trim and they will pop right back out. SunPatiens can reach 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. Plant them 3 feet apart and you will soon be enjoying a mass of flowers. They bloom from the bottom up and will create a solid ball of dazzling color!

SunPatiens are as easy to care for as they are beautiful. Like most Impatiens, SunPatiens should be well watered. Plant them in a well draining soil with plenty of organic material. Always, mulch your beds with 2 to 3 inches of mulch to help retain moisture and protect the roots. Apply a timed release fertilizer at planting, therefore, you will be fertilizing with each watering.

They are excellent planted directly into the landscape beds for borders or foundation plantings. SunPatiens are also striking when planted in large containers, hanging baskets or window boxes.  The 2 to 3 inch blooms provide massive flower power from Spring until first frost.

Claude Monet, the artist, once said, “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” Our own gardens can be canvasses so paint your landscape with the easy-to-grow, easy-to-enjoy SunPatiens! You get the best of both shade loving Impatiens and the larger flowered New Guinea Impatiens. Create your own masterpiece, today!

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Comments (44)

Debby CooperJune 4th, 2010 at 10:56 am

These are beautiful in the nursery but don’t do so well in the Houston Tx full sun and heat. I am watering 2x a day (they are planted in clay pots) and it’s only early June. I don’t look for these to make it through the summer but have planted cosmos behind and vinca next to to try and protect them. Think they would do better in partial sun with protection from afternoon sun.

Valerie Reply:

Clay pots may be the problem: they get hot, even in the middle of the pot. Plant them in the ground, with lots and lots of mulch, and you’ll be rewarded!

PATRICIAJune 4th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I have bee planting “sun Patients” for many years. They do not do well in the sun. It is myth that they like sun. They wilt and require tons of water. I now plant them in the shade

They are beautiful, but they DO NO LIKE FULL SUN.

Megan Reply:

I agree! I bought 3 cause our house gets all the sun. They’re wilted, everyday I have to water them. These plants are NOT Texas friendly! Mine haven’t even bloomed in months and it’s about to be fall. But here in Texas it’ll probably still be 100 degrees in October.

SarahJune 4th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I am torn about what to do with mine. They are planted around one of my trees in my front yard for a burst of color. I absolutely love these flowers, but my problem is now that my tree has grown out and provides more shade than I thought it would, my flowers have wilted at times in the late afternoons (not in the mornings at all) and I don’t know why they are doing that. I thought it may be so much shade.
Any pointers?
I was thinking if it is the shade, I would to transfer them to my backyard where we have full sun pretty much throughout the whole day. I do not want to buy anymore of them if they are not good in the shade and I should get something else for another tree I have on the left side of my driveway versus right in my front yard.
I can salvage the ones I already have by putting them in my backyard.
Suggestions would be great. Thanks!

Jane Paxson Reply:

Sunpatience were grown successfully at the Dallas Arboretum, BUT they have drip irrigation.
Mine are in pots and they do SO MUCH better in morning sun, but afternoon shade. I think yours are wilting because of the heat of the day……they require MOIST soil and without
drip irrigation, there is no way to have MOIST soil in our area.

DiAnnJune 9th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Are sunpatience annuals or perenials?

PlantMaster Reply:

SunPatiens are annuals.

kim Reply:

Are there any circumstances in which these flowers will return the following season? Like if I dig them up and grow them indoors over the winter? I live in Northern Indiana.

PlantMaster Reply:

You could certainly try Kim. It is certainly much more difficult to do this than to just replant them next year, but if you have a hard time locating them or fear that your local garden center might not stock them next year, it might be worthwhile. Just give them plenty of sunlight, even a little direct sun wouldn’t hurt, and keep them watered and lightly fed during the shorter days of Winter.

AnnaJune 9th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I have a lot of post oak trees in my front yard, a circular cement drive and large old Formosa Azaleas in front hugging the circular front drive. From the street you cannot see the center front of the house. The ground cover for this 10ft. x 5ft. area is jasmine. We get filtered med shade and afternoon sun. I want to add a lot of WOW curb appeal!
Any ideas?

PlantMaster Reply:

Check out the ‘Dragon Wing’ Begonias that are featured in today’s ad, Friday June 11. These have been designated as Flame Proof because of their tolerance to our Summer heat, and the conditions that you describe are ideal for them. Mine are planted in a filtered sun area along a walkway and have more than doubled in size in just a few weeks. These nice large plants will give you a head start and if you plant them in well-prepared soil they will grow to be huge over the Summer. You can offset the red flower color with some contrasting white Impatiens planted around the perimeter of the ‘Dragon Wing’ if the afternoon sun is not too intense, or if the afternoon sun is strong the ‘Cora’ Vinca in white would be another nice contrast.

IrmaJune 12th, 2010 at 12:42 am

I have planted Sun Patiens for the last 4 years. I live in Michigan and they do great in full sun. However, I have to water them everyday. They just glow up my yard.
Last year I paid 4.97 for each plant, this year the price droop to 3.97 per plant.
What are the cost where you live?

PlantMaster Reply:

Our 1 gallon SunPatiens are on sale for $4.98.

kim Reply:

Irma I live in Indiana and just bought these flowers this year and love them they are beautiful. I was wondering where you buy your flowers for such a great price?

Stacey Reply:

Oooh! I paid almost $6.00/3qt. Beautiful, but so expensive! At Walmart.

ShirleyJuly 11th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I plantd sunpatiens in a ceramic pot. It did well but now it is loosing almost all of its leaves. Looks bad. Stems are still pink and looks to be a new start coming on . Thought maybe I had over watered it. Will it be okay? Not sure. Thanks, Shirley

PlantMaster Reply:

Our extreme heat earlier this Summer took a toll on many plants that previously showed tolerance to our climate. Even regular Impatiens in some gardens are already looking a little tired. Check to be sure that the drainage hole hasn’t become obstructed, but it sounds like root rot isn’t a problem since you are seeing new growth. If you can move the pot, consider positioning it where it receives a little less harsh sunlight and heat and see if that makes any difference. Also, make sure that it never wilts from lack of water and keep it well-fed to encourage as much new growth as possible.

Sheba Reply:

I live in Nashville, tn. This was my first year growing sunpatiens. I will definitely get them next year. My problem was the heat, and not keeping on top of daily watering. It died, I had thought, so I moved the whole pot to the shaded back patio. Now one of the stems has new growth!! Maybe, I’ll get a second chance yet with this gorgeous plant!! I’m going to attempt to transfer it inside if it’s still alive in October. I know it’s an annual, but sometimes you can grow begonias inside…it’s worth a try!!

Kim BlinkAugust 8th, 2010 at 12:25 am

They truly are beautiful, but I have had a very difficult time keeping mine from wilting during some hot days here in the Midwest. I lost one pot completely and then decided to move my second pot away from the house as I was concerned there was additional heat being reflected onto them. My second pot is doing a bit better but still looks a little wilted by 1 p.m. They are on the east side of my house and only receive sunlight until about 2 p.m. Any suggestions?

PlantMaster Reply:

Hi Kim. Sorry for the delay. I’ve read all of the threads here and have an opinion that might help explain what’s happening. Many of the instances where the SunPatiens have had problems involve plants in containers. Contrary to the comments that SunPatiens do not survive in the sun, especially the Southern Sun, they will survive if the roots are kept cool and moist. In containers the roots will get warmer than they do if they were planted in the soil. The lack of soil mass in container plantings, in my opinion, causes the overheating and possible difficulties with this variety. If you have the time and inclination, try planting some of your plants into the ground, make sure that the soil drains well and is mulched correctly so the plants are not suffocated, and see what you think. When planted and grown in sun, SunPatiens do require more water than many other colorful annuals, but they are happiest when the roots are kept cooler.

MarkAugust 8th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I live just south of Atlanta GA. My Sunpatiens are beautiful, until about 12 noon, then I have to move them into the shade ( they are in pots ). Sunpatiens ARE NOT true Sun lovers and do not thrive in full sun as advertised. I have found that in order to keep them from wilting, I have to move them to dense shade until about 6 in the evening, then put them back. They are located at the south side of my home. I water daily between 5 & 6 in the morning, each pot until the water runs freely out of the bottom and they STILL wilt when exposed to full sun. I have found by moving to dense shade, they remain full and vibrant through out the day.

Matthew KillAugust 10th, 2010 at 10:07 am

Help ! I’ve become a fan of Sun patiens and I’m bound and determined to make these gorgeous plants work… Yes, I have to water every morning. (not a problem) I live in Mich. zone 5. They are planted on the westside of house which is the front of house.(this is the afternoon and evening sun) I think I have two types of sun patiens.the leaves look different. One of my plants has it’s leaves turning yellow with black type spots. they were purchased as hanging plants, I put them in pots and kept them in there original hanging basket. I have more in the backyard and actually have to do rarely anything to them… What is making the leaves turn…Please respond..thank you

PlantMaster Reply:

Hi Matthew. Symptoms that include blackening of leaves is not a good sign and may point to more than just an intolerance of the sun. I see nothing wrong with your description of how you planted your plants, but it sounds like they are still in containers. I’ve explained above that in my opinion the roots could be damaged by the increased soil temperatures in containers as compared to the soil in the ground, especially if these pots are located on a Southern or Western side with afternoon sun. I’ve seen other plants receive sunscald from this type of planting and placement, so it’s not unheard-of. If I’ve misunderstood your situation and your plants are actually in the ground, please check with a local Horticultural Extension person about the possibility of soil pathogens that might affect your Impatiens. One of our biggest problems here in Texas is the high-clay content in the soil that makes the soil stay too wet for long periods leading to root damage and possible root rot.

DebraOctober 3rd, 2010 at 4:44 am

I live near Houston in Brenham Texas and my sun patiens have done just awesome this year. They are in full sun in plastice pots, I do water twice daily.

admin Reply:

Hi Debra,
Thanks for sharing!

Donald MatthewsNovember 14th, 2010 at 12:23 am

I live in south africa and my impatients get morning sun and afternoon shade from about 1 o clock and they do well, they are in the ground and well drained , i water them three times aweek and fertilize every 14 days with liquid seaweed fertilizer. The winter is bad news and i cover them , mine have lasted two deasons so far.
happy gardening
greetings from Pretoria S A
Donald Matthews

admin Reply:

Hi Donald, thanks for sharing your experience with us!

Connie BakerMarch 10th, 2011 at 11:39 am

I live in NC and want an annual that will live in the heat and sun. These have been recommended.I will plant in the ground and water daily. Where can I get them and do you think I will have luck here in NC with them

admin Reply:

Hi Connie, we have locations in Texas only at this time, so we are not able to tell you where to find these in North Carolina. I would call local nurseries in your area to see if they carry these wonderful flowers.

Kevin Reply:


I live in Massachusetts and buy ours through Park Seed Company.
I have learned that you need to order early in the year as they sell out quickly. I order in January or February and they ship mid May.

CrisApril 23rd, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Im learning that sunpatiens need cool roots to do well. I currently have them in shallow plastic pots approx 10 inches deep. Would I have to repot? And what type of container would be suitable? I wish I had a yard to actually plant these in!
Thanks for the help!

HeatherMay 11th, 2011 at 12:37 am

Is there any way to save the sunpatiens if they have become wilted?! I’m not going to lie, forgot to water them 1 day & now they look sad!! They are in a hanging basket & probably got too much sun (& No Water!!)today with the temperature reaching over 80. This was my first attempt @ flowers & I’m already failing!! PLEASE HELP!!


SteveJuly 3rd, 2011 at 11:40 am

I have planted over 100 of these plants as a seasonal planting for one of my accounts. The beds are located on the South side of the building and we have both pop up heads and emitter lines to deliver water once in the morning. These plants receive full sun. The problem I am having is the leaves appear to be drying out from the center to the outer edge uniformly until dead. As the new leaves come on they are fine but after a short period of time they start to begin the browning and drying out process! Has anyone had a similar experience and what have you done to help the plant out. We are located in the Midwest.

DeboraJuly 17th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

HI just got me some sun patiens too I lv the plant its so pretty I hope it will do well here in WA, till I get to FL. it will do well in FLorida its that kind of plant . any plants you put in real hot heat will take a toll it takes tolll on US right . I keep mind by a window aloud some sunshine in but not lot just enought for the flowers to get little sun. its doing good along I can keep my Cat away from it haha’she learning now. any just keep gaving it food Migrow food is good for all plants. AND GET A BETTER Pot for it no plastic pots’ good ones potty ones, they look nicer and they are better for the plant’s, and go green right’. Remember the hotter the state the more you need the by a cooler place and more shade’ I keep all my plants in doors and they do just fine. but if I had a yard I would makesure I got many tress and they plant them where the SUN’ can’t kill them., to much sun isn’t good for anyone or anything have goodday and good luck

DeboraJuly 17th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

just remeber to much of anything isn’t good have a great day to all the plant lovers out there

JennaJuly 18th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

This is my first year planting sunpatiens. They are huge and beautiful in the planters on either side of my front door. However, I noticed a couple hours ago that the one planter has the entire front half wilting and looking like its going to die. But its only the front half. I put a lot of love into those planters (not to mention money), and I am shocked to see one looking like its on death’s doorstep. Its not just the sunpatiens though, I placed trailers all around the sunpatiens and they looked fantastic until today. The planters are plastic, and I keep them watered at least daily (2 times/day usually morning and evening). Three times a day on really hot days. Today the temps were up to 94 degrees. My house faces south, however there is a huge silver maple on the southeast side of our front yard that provides a lot of shade. The planter that I am talking about is on the east side of my porch and receives less direct sun than the other planter. Another factor I have considered is that I recently purchased Miracle Grow Bloom Booster water soluble fertilizer and I think that my bf put some in both planters. Also, I have noticed a LOT of webbing inside this particular planter, more so than the other planter. After this novel of an explaination, what could be wrong with my sunpatiens? Will they bounce back? What should I do?

MichaelJuly 25th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I live in Atlanta and have planted Sunpatiens around our pool for the last 5 years in the full sun and they are beautiful. They are planted sweeping around the curves of the landscaping and the only problem is they get so huge! Every year when people come over they are amazed how beautiful they are. They are so big right now they are starting to bend over….can I prune them back.

CarolAugust 4th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I just planted some sun patiencs and the leaves are burnt on one of the plants, can you tell me what to do?? I live in Medford, OR

ColleenSeptember 26th, 2011 at 11:23 am

We live in Norman, OK and I was considering this plant as a hanging basket, but, it doesn’t sound like they like being potted! It would get morning and afternoon sun, but, I also water twice a day for other plants in the backyard! Do you think that would work?

MarilynSeptember 27th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

We live in Colorado, and have been told that the plants need to be cut back and removed for the winter and brought inside to survive.

SallyFebruary 29th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I just purchased sunpatiens. I live in the Phoenix area. If they don’t do well in a particular area, why do they sell them?

Sue SchafferJune 8th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I guess I should have done my homework before I bought Sun Patiens! The place where I bought them (a nursery) said they would do beautifully in large pots–WRONG! I water them twice a day and they still are not doing well. I have never had plants that are so fussy. I love color in my pots and thought they would be just like normal impatiens only I could use them in the sun. What a huge disappointment they are. We will be on vacation for a week and usually I don’t have to worry about my plants getting enough water because of our sprinkler. However, the water from the sprinklers is not nearly enough. Please tell me what I can do. I live in southern Michigan–zone 6.

Keith R.June 19th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

My sunpatiens are doing pretty well. I am in Dallas,Texas which means extreme heat. My problem is the plant itself is doing good, leaves look healthy, but blooms are stubborn.They are in pots and window planters. Direct sun most of the day. Any ideas on the blooming issue?