Brighten Up Your Landscape With Seasonal Color
Pansies and violas are cool season annuals. This means that they thrive when planted in the spring and fall in cooler weather but die back in hot weather in the summer. Trimming them back in the hot season can help them to revitalize and come back renewed in the fall. If you plant violas now, they can bloom through autumn and winter and into the spring.
Technically pansies are violas – their Latin name is Viola. The main difference between the two is that pansies have larger flowers. They also tend to have fewer blooms on the plant at any one time, whereas violas have smaller flowers with more abundance of blooms. It is therefore worth mixing them together in a display to get some variety and brilliant bloom combinations.
Both pansies and violas have rounded or heart-shaped flowers with five velvet-textured petals. These can either be all one color or a variety of colors – sometimes with lines radiating out from the center on the lower three petals. The patterns and colors often contrast beautifully with the upper two petals.
Adding these vibrant, multicolored annuals to your landscape can really brighten it up for the season, especially at a time when most perennials are fading. You can create a holiday theme by planting bright orange and red pansies to enhance your pumpkin display. Add in other colors for contrast, such as white, yellow, or purple. Pansies and violas also thrive and look stunning when planted in containers. Plant in existing planters to brighten up shrubs displays or create colorful combinations of these annuals for display on patios or porches.
USDA Zones: 2-9
Planting and Care for Pansies & Violas
- Prefer full sun to light shade.
- Dead-head to encourage more blooms.
- Prepare your planting bed by digging in plenty of compost or planting mix, such as GreenAll’s Planting Mix.
- Plant in rich, moist, well-drained soils.
- Prefer acidic soil.
- Mulch around plants with bark mulch to conserve soil moisture.
- Feed monthly with a fertilizer such as E.B. Stone Organics Rose & Flower Food.
- Plant in containers for good drainage.
- Prefer regular watering.