This time we’ve had milder Summer in Melbourne area and so far the autumn weather has been cool and very pleasant. Two plants are thriving, Impatiens sodenii and Polka Dot Hypoestes. This two plants have been in our garden for quite a while and have become ignored and under appreciated, but if you look closely they are certainly too good to ignore and look very good in photos. They are easy to grow here in Melbourne and grow well in a shady spot.

Impatiens sodenii :

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Impatiens sodenii

Synonyms: Impatiens oliveri,  Impatiens thompsonii

Impatiens sodenii is also known as Shrub Blasam, Oliver’s Touch Me Not or Poor Man Rhododendron. One of the tallest growing perennial plants in Balsam family, that can grow around 1.5 m tall. Though not as prolific as Busy Lizzy, Impatient sodenii has pretty large flowers all year around especially from Spring to Autumn.

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Impatiens sodenii

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Polka Dot Plant – Hypoestes phyllostachya

Polka Dot Plant - Hypoestes phyllostachya

Polka Dot Plant – Hypoestes phyllostachya

These herbaceous perennial plants have interesting freckled leaves that come in many different colours. Ours is the one that has green and silver colours. In cooler climate area like Melbourne, Polka Dot plant is suitable to grow in a bright room or veranda. To have deep spotting of the leaves, the plant needs stronger sunlight. Though it is mainly grown for the colourful foliage, the plant grows tiny flowers (about 1 cm long). The details of the small flower can be clearly seen in macro shot, no idea that they were hairy🙂

Polka Dot Plant - Hypoestes phyllostachya

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