I know it is at the end of the season and the garden centers here stopped ordering garden supplies before Halloween. I stocked up on Perlite and slug bait, but I may still need more slug bait. I have been looking for impatiens a couple of months now. All I can find are the sun impatiens. I can't even find seed.
I like the regular impatiens since they and fibrous begonias are pretty much weeds here and I need to fill out my border bed with some color. They are more or less perennial here. I just can't find any.
My nasturtiums are sprouting, which is kind of weird since they usually don't do that until like February. They might do o.k. if we have a dry winter. The weather has just been wierd for the last few years anyway.
I underplanted my roses with geraniums, but while they have good leaf cover, a little too good, I need to contain them, they aren't blooming. So, if I can't find impatiens should I go with alyssum, or begonias. This is an East facing location. so it gets pretty much full sun. The plants there need to be drought tolerant and non-stop bloomers. The geraniums are about 18 inches tall so it needs to be able to creep under and through that. had cuphea as an underplanting, but they were tired and most of them are gone. I tried lavender, but lavender needed a little more water and it does not like the winter rain. I had to remove two roses near the sidewalk to keep the thorns from sticking anyone, so I need something soft and low. The common impatiens tolerate full sun, the sun impatiens do not, and impatiens can actually handle irregular watering.