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From tiny, cheerful Johnny jump-ups to the stunning 3-inch blooms of Majestic Giant pansies, the genus Viola has a spectacular array of delightful plants for the spring garden. They're must-haves to celebrate the first days of spring since they don't mind cold weather and can even take a little snow and ice!
They're pretty planted in masses in the ground, but also cherished for the early color they bring to pots, window boxes, and other containers. By summer, pansies bloom less and their foliage starts to brown. It's at this time that you'll have to be tough and tear them out and replant with warm-season annuals, such as marigolds or petunias. But that's part of their charm -- they are an ephemeral celebration of spring!
Kale and pansies can extend the bedding plant growing season for northern gardeners. They thrive in cool spring and fall temperatures, and even withstand some frost.Osteospermum
Lavender osteospermum coordinate well with some of the lavender bicolor pansies.Snapdragon
Taller snapdragons make a great backdrop for shorter pansies.