How to grow vibrant Winter Pansies
“My Personal Advice & Tips”
Wendy Barton, Plant Centre Manager
“Pansies always make me smile on the darkest winter’s day!”
Winter-flowering pansies were developed by breeders in Britain with three considerations in mind: the capacity to flower in the short days of winter; tolerance of our wet, cold and windy weather; and the ability to stay compact and not flop over when the weather finally warms up.
In general, pansies produce large flowers, up to 7.5cm (3in) and come in a spectacular range of colour combinations and patterns. Growing and nurturing so many winter-flowering pansies over the years I have come to particularly love the white with the purple face, the yellow with a black face, the primrose and the dark blue pansies as they really sparkle on even the most overcast day. They just look happy to me!
Trailing Pansies are also becoming very popular today. The flowers tend to be smaller, but because they trail they make a great show in hanging baskets or tubs.