SunPatiens® Compact Orchid, sometimes known as Mounding Impatiens or New Guinea Impatiens, features masses of large, round, lavender-orchid flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early fall. The blooms can be up to 2 inches across and generally range from mid-to-late spring through to the first frost. It has pointy leaves that remain dark green in color throughout the season. SunPatiens is a dense and herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends well in a garden, but it can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for compositional purposes. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. It should not require much in the way of pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. SunPatiens can work well in mass planting, border edging, containers, and hanging baskets. This plant will generally grow to be about 24 inches tall, with a spread between 14 and 24 inches. If grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, the individual plants should be spaced about 20 inches apart. Its leaves tend to remain dense straight to the ground, so it seldom requires facer plants in front. It’s a fast-growing annual that will normally live for one full growing season, requiring a replacement in the following year. In hardiness zones 10 and 11 it can be classified as a perennial, but it is otherwise treated as an annual. This plant performs well in both full sunlight conditions and full shade. It thrives in average to evenly moist conditions, but it will not tolerate standing water so the soil should be well-drained. Soil types of chalk, clay, loam, or sand will serve it best. It is surprisingly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, since it is a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain limitations on propagation.