Impatiens flourish, but you do not usually get this, spotted on Commonwealth Avenue (sunny side) between Dartmouth and Exeter Streets:
I've never seen impatiens like this except in California, and I've seen lots of impatiens — we all have. Would you call this a border, or is it a hedge?
For the record, these are New Guinea impatiens, not the regular ones, Impatiens walleriana. But for any kind of impatiens, this is outrageous success.
I remember reading in the New York Times last spring about how "downy mildew" was going to destroy all the Impatiens walleriana (only the basic variety, not the New Guineas) around the country this year, predicted to hit the East Coast by about June or July. So if you see any of the ordinary impatiens around, consider yourself lucky (and check the backs of the blooms for signs of white mildew).
There may well come a day when we're really excited to see those boring old borders after all. And be sure to check out the show on Comm. Ave.