Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Being a Pansy
I can't help it - pansies always find a way into my shopping basket at the local garden supply centers. They are such appealing and colorful plants for the cool season down here. They come in such a variety of vibrant colors, from deep reds to sunny yellows. Did I mention they work wonderfully in containers?
I have this large container that will house a large tropical next year. A batch of pansies will keep it looking interesting till mid-spring next year when tropicals can be planted. Pansies also look great in a bed with bulbs as they can be planted over the bulbs and provide color and vegetation till the bulbs send up shoots.
These are the pansies I had in a container last cool season. Hopefully the new ones will be this nice in a few months. Down here in Louisiana, these should be planted in October or November. They easily can take the freezes we get here and will look good till hot weather comes in April. Give them moist, loamy soil and full or part sun. If you plant them in the ground, be sure to plant a bunch of them together to make a better visual impact because they are small plants. Even in a container, it's best to stuff at least several plants in for a fuller look.