Not so easy to have a flowered garden in winter, is it? Pansy will do the trick.
It can open up in full bloom in spring, in summer, and in fall, too…
A pansy for each season…
And you thought this petty flower was fragile… Pansy is anything but fragile! Its hardiness, together with the delicate impression it gives, is what makes it very appealing in winter. One of the rare flowers to bloom at the heart of winter, pansy has another advantage: it only requires little care, provided it is set in a sunny or partly shaded spot.
Ideal for flower beds or garden boxes, viola (to call it by its scientific name) belongs to the Violaceae family. Its flowers, sometimes round, sometimes jagged, are of one color with a darker center. The color can be almost any imaginable color.
Native to Europe, it was initially considered a perennial. But the varieties that grow today in most gardens are closer to being annuals or biennials. Depending on the species, they can come in different shapes, but they all bear flowers with only five petals.
Hardy to the cold
Unavoidable in this period of the year, the winter pansy especially needs its roots to be protected from the cold with mulch, whereas its spring or summer cousin will need to be watered often. Note that viola can resist freezing down to 21°F (-6° C) so it can be set in hanging pots together with ivy or in garden boxes with cyclamens and veronicas to embellish your garden in winter.
That said, whatever the season, you’ll have over 500 species to choose from. Seeds sown in spring will produce flowers during the beginning of summer, and seeds sown in summer and fall will bloom in winter or in the following spring.
Pansy or violet?
Violets have two petals facing upwards, and three facing downwards but pansies have four facing up and one facing down.
Pansy 1: ©Perlphoto Fotolia
Pansy 2: ©Photo5000 Fotolia
Pansy 3: ©Jutta Adam Fotolia