|Impatiens 2017 are a "no-go" once again|
All appeared positive for the first warm months, as the yard had been clear of downy mildew for over three years. Sadly, by mid summer, the lizzies were looking less busy. Within weeks the mildew blight had returned.
In 2016 it's back to the reliable replacements of begonia and coleus in place of impatiens.
No worries! There are fabulous alternatives to impatiens for color in the shade garden:
What To Plant Instead of Impatiens?
Begonias Are the New Impatiens
Coleus Revisited Should I Plant Coleus Instead of Impatiens?
Impatiens Blight Disease -- Trouble In the Landscape
Bye Bye Bizzie Lizzies
It'll be a long while before impatiens should be considered for the Midwest garden.