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Top 10 Summer Plants

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Impatiens

Whether they're in beds, borders or hanging baskets, impatiens (Impatiens) bring delight no matter where they show up. The small, 5-petaled annuals bloom abundantly in white, pink, lavender, red and bi-colored varieties. Gorgeous double-petal forms come in similar colors. Impatiens are the top-selling bedding plant, but some varieties reach 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall. They thrive from the Deep South to the Great Lakes [source: Armitage].

These happy little flowers need morning sun and afternoon shade. In warmer regions, they'll keep blooming well into the fall. They're annuals, but they can reseed themselves and pop up again -- somewhere in your landscape -- next year.

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