Answer: Impatiens are shade loving plants but they won't grow if there is no light at all. Lack of bloom is an indication that they are not getting enough light, but they won't die within a week if they don't have adequate light. I suspect that your plants did not get the water they crave. Next time, pot them up in moist potting soil and check them daily, watering as often as necessary to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Cats, squirrels and other critters can usually be discouraged if you place crumpled up chicken wire on the ground near your plants. The critters tend not to like stepping on the wire.
Best wishes with your garden!
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