It’s no secret we love Pansies as do most South Africans. They have been the best selling annual for over a decade with our suppliers. Planted correctly and with a little maintenance each pansy has over 800 flowers which is quite a remarkable feat over the 5 months they are in season. Do you have a favourite to grow or do you plant a new colour every year?
Pansies are a must in the winter and spring garden flowering for months on end. Planted anytime from autumn through to spring they will be in flower well into October and even early November making them incredible value for money. Pansies through winter want full sun to most of the day sun to perform at their best. If you give then to much shade they will produce fewer flowers through the coldest months and only provide a mass show at the end of spring.
TIP: Keep your winter pansies slightly on the dry side and keep dead-heading them to produce more flowers.
Violas look just like pansies but have a smaller flower. Violas are for semi-shade and have the added fun element that their flowers are often fragrant and make a pretty addition to salads and on top of cupcakes for lazy winter afternoon high teas.
Get them set
With all colourful annuals the secret is in the soil preparation before you plant. In the garden turning the soil with liberal amounts of compost added is important for success. Through the months ahead the soil would have compacted and by turning it this will assist with drainage and also move the compost to improve the soil condition through the top layer. A handful of BioOcean per square meter will add the organic fertiliser to get them established.
In containers it is always a good idea to change out the potting soil every two or three years. On the in between years add compost and BioOcean and mix the old soil toughly before you plant.
Once planted pansies are not very demanding as far a fertiliser goes but if you regularly feed with Multifeed Flowergro you will get more flowers and more lush plants compared to if you just let them do their thing.
Do you have a favourite colour?
For the longest time mixed colours have ruled the pansy table with more sold that trays of single colours. In a smaller garden we saw how people planted mixed colours as they just wanted colour and brightness. What we are seeing now is that the trend of single colours or combination colours is how people are moving. We’ve always liked single colours because of the impact and uniformity that it brings. In smaller garden mixed colours make the eye stop all the time so it makes the garden feel smaller and closer. Single colours keep the eye moving and the garden seems bigger. Maybe after our hard lockdown gardeners felt it to subconsciously and have adapted their plant colours to reflect that.
Through this article you’ll have seen pictures of our favourites but as always actually there is no number one colour... as long as you plant some pansies with their happy faces to look back at you.