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How Many Plants Do I Need To Fill My Patio

How Many Plants Do I Need To Fill My Patio

By Suzette Rubio, Beacon® Impatiens
Photographs courtesy of Beacon® Impatiens

When creating your first or 50th garden, it doesn’t hurt to get a refresher on how many plants you might need to fill your garden for that perfect presentation. First rule, never, ever crowd your plants. Better to have room for your Beacon impatiens to grow and thrive in their shady space to really show off their long-lasting colors.

Here are a few ideas to help you start fresh and get gardening.

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Patio Container

For a patio full of beautiful containers featuring Beacon impatiens, choosing the size of your pot is key. For a 10-inch decorative planter, you’ll need three plants of your favorite Beacon color. Or create an amazing color combo in a large, 20-inch flowerpot. Arrange three impatiens and two other complementary shade-friendly plants for this size container.

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Hanging Basket 

Arrange an average of three impatiens plants in a 12-inch hanging basket. For a show-stopping basket, try an 18-inch size and fill it with five impatiens plants for all the drama.

Garden Bed

If you’re ready to take on your landscape with a garden bed, be sure to block off your selected area in the shade. Just note, space your Beacon impatiens 8 to 10 inches apart for their best performance. That might surprise you if it’s your first time planting Beacon, but you’ll enjoy how quickly they fill in and how nicely they grow together!

With striking colors and an easy-to-grow nature, your beautiful Beacon impatiens will continue to shine the light in your shade garden. Share your backyard oasis with us, we’d love to hear from you.


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