One of the most beloved groups of cool-season annuals throughout North America is the violas, including pansies, Johnny jump-ups and several other types. In warm-winter regions, pansies and violas are bright, bold plants that provide much-needed color to beds, borders and containers from fall until spring. And talk about a huge range of colors – from white and yellow to blue, purple, pink, orange, red, bicolor, tricolor and almost black! Learn more about these cold-hardy beauties that sparkle in gardens wherever winters are mild.
Plant a Peck of Pansies
Not only are pansies everywhere come spring, they’ve become the most popular winter bedding plant across most of the milder parts of the country. If planted in the fall (the preferred time), these beautiful annuals begin blooming in November. Then come spring they shift into high gear and flower with reckless abandon until higher average temperatures turn them into fodder for the compost pile. Northern gardeners take heart – there are a number of varieties that will even survive (and thrive) in your cold winter temperatures!