Winter Hardy Pansies from the Greenhouse

6 years ago

 

 

Over the years, I have grown many colors of pansies.  I plant my pansies in the fall and yesterday I bought 19 plants, all yellow, at my local greenhouse for this year's planting. I've discovered that yellow pansies growing alongside the clumps of candytuft and other green leafy plants please my eye. 

 

yellow pansies

 

more yellow

 

I like to grow some in an old brass bucket and move it around.

 

in a bucket

 

My area of Maryland is in the 7th zone, which means we have freezing temperatures during the winter months. Pansies are winter hardy in zones 4-8, however, so I can grow them.  I don't see a lot of bloom during the winter, but they sure do put on a show in the spring.  In fact, I think pansies planted in the fall are much prettier than those planted in the spring.

I love the bi-colors.

pansy face

maroon pansy

 

purple face

 

A rich dark velvet.  Yummy!

dark knight

Pansies can survive light freezes and short periods of snow cover, but in areas with prolonged snow, a covering of a dry winter mulch is is recommended.  Pansies don't like heat and by June, they've become spindly and hardly bloom at all.  That's when I pull them up and replace them with petunias and begonias.

 

I call these my pastel ladies.

 

pastels

 

pink faces

 

Have you ever seen blues this striking?

 

blues

 

For the best bloom, pansies need full sun to part shade in well drained, slightly acidic soil. I apply an inch or so of mulch around my plants to help them through cold spells in the winter.  If you don't know which zone you're in, check this site.  If you enter your zip code, it will tell you your zone.

Sweet pansy faces.  Will you plant a few?

 

http://www.arborday.org/treeinfo/zonelookup.cfm

 

E-mail: LaraOct7@aol.com

 

 

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