Pansies: A Way to Play with Fall Color

Who could ever forget a “face” like this?

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As the most popular, cool-weather annuals, pansies have been cultivated over centuries! They bloom most prominently in early spring and fall due to intolerance of heat and humidity. Still…

Hardy and disease-resistant, these annuals can overwinter and can become biennials! They add lovely fall color to garden beds and containers. Be sure to plant in September in order for them to be fully established by the colder months.

And pansies play well with other flowers! In lasagna bulb pots, pansies compliment the top layer until the bulb flowers (snowdrops, daffodils, etc.) emerge in early spring. They also look great as borders for gardens beds. Just be sure to space them out around 7″.

Care:

They require partial shade and can handle full sun in cooler climates. Do not let them dry out! However, overwatering can be an issue with mildew. You can combat this with well-draining soil.

Other common pests include slugs, snails and the occasional deer and rabbit.

Pansies require consistent deadheading, but it’s so worth it for the longevity of bloom time!

And, of course, fertilize regularly.


 

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Fun Facts for a Fun Flower:

Pansies derive their name from the French word pensée, which means thought. Their other common names include: violas, Johnny-jump-ups, Love-in-idleness.

Pansies are a romantic’s flower. They’re flower heads have been used in love potions during the 19th century and referenced in Shakespeare. Speaking of which…

Pansies are edible! They have a tangy mint flavor to them. The flowers often adorn salads and desserts. They are high in Vitamins A and C.

You can also brew them in a tea.

Pansy Tea involves up to 10 grams of freshly cut and cleaned pansies or pansies that have been dried for over a week. Add it to boiling water and let it seep. Add lemon and honey to taste. This calming tea has been known to detox the blood and relieve respiratory and urinary problems.

Pansies have a soft, yet sweet, aroma. Blue, yellow and orange provide the strongest scent. Their bright colors have been used in dyes as well!


Pansies are pleasure to grow and I hope you enjoyed knowing more about this beloved garden favorite!

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