Winter Flowering Plants: Pansies and Violas
During the winter months I like to have pots in the front of my house to help brighten up our entryway. That is why I like pansies and violas. They are not too expensive to buy and you can buy them in packets with six flowers or sometimes ten. They come in a mixture of colours from blues to reds to purples and are just an all-around plant that gives you very little hassle.
If you want a hardy winter plant that will last throughout fall and winter, then winter pansies or violas are the plants for you. Either of these plants will be a fantastic addition to any garden border or garden pot.
Enhancing the colour in your garden during the winter months can bring life to a garden that might otherwise look sad and tired. While garden maintenance is significantly lowered during the winter months, feeding your shrubs and plants and picking any stray weeds that might survive are the only issues that might need to be addressed every now and again.
The reason one should choose winter pansies or violas for pots and/or garden borders is because they come in a variety of colours that will brighten up any garden.
Pansies and violas might not thrive in all climates especially those that have continuous bad weather during their winter months, they are more suited to milder type climates that have bad weather but not as severe. More along the lines of climates that have one or two snowfalls during the winter months
If you plant these flowers straight into the ground, you do not need to worry about frost as the are not as sensitive to changes in the environment like many other plants.
In addition to that if you continue to deadhead them you will see new flowers bloom during the season. Lastly unlike summer bedding plants they do not require a lot of your attention
Caring for your plants
If your plants are in pots ensure that you water them once a week. If your plants are in the ground ensure that when planting them that you keep them 10 to 20 cm apart.
Ensure you use some method of protection against slugs be it chemical or home-made. Also give your plants some type of feed to encourage them to thrive for as long as possible.
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