Plant of the Month for May: Impatiens

Lavender is one of the lovely flower colors of the New Guinea impatiens. (Forest & Kim Starr/photo)

Many nurseries carry an assortment of New Guinea impatiens in different leaf and flower colors. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A mass planting of impatiens can provide a colorful display nearly year-round. (

As summer approaches, it is likely that we will be getting a bit more rain. Maybe it’s time to consider putting in a rain-loving bedding plant that will fill your garden beds with colorful flowers all summer. Several varieties of impatiens can provide flower as well as leaf color while enjoying the summer rains.