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Pansy


Viola selections

Pansy

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!

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
2-11
Plant Type:
Annual,Perennial
Plant Height:
4-9 inches tall
Plant Width:
4-12 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Fragrant
Top Varieties

(Viola 'Blue & Purple Rain') is an award-winning selection with purple flowers that age to white, then mature to purple and blue. It grows 12 inches tall and 16 inches wide.
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(Viola x wittrockiana 'Bowles' Black') offers purple blooms that are so dark they appear black.
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(Viola x wittrockiana 'Fizzy Lemonberry') bears fun, ruffly flowers of soft yellow edged in grape-purple. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.
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(Viola x wittrockiana 'Karma Yellow') produces soft yellow blooms in spring or fall. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.
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(Viola x wittrockiana 'Maxim Marina') is a charming variety with purple, lavender, and white blooms.
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(Viola x wittrockiana 'Padpardja') bears vibrant, solid-orange blooms.
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(Viola williamsii 'Velocity Baby Blue') produces soft silvery, blue-purple flowers on a mounded, compact plant to 8 inches tall and wide. It offers good heat resistance.
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(Viola williamsii 'Lavender with Yellow Eye') shows off lavender-blue flowers with a yellow center. It grows 8 inches tall and wide and holds up well to hot temperatures.
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(Viola williamsii 'Velocity Lemon and Plum Picotee') bears bright yellow blooms edged in plum-purple on a mounded, compact plant to 8 inches tall and wide. It offers good heat resistance.
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Plant It With
Flowering kale

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.

Propagation
Seed