Pansy – a happy winter flower

The most popular winter flower is probably the Pansy. There is a good reason for this. In the dull, dreary, grey months of January and February, the winter pansy’s flower looks like a happy, smiling face – ready made to cheer you up.

Pansies are very easy to grow and their flowering season lasts a long time. What’s more they are hardy perennials, so they will disappear in the foliage during summer and make themselves known again in the winter when you most need them.

Plant sellers  are currently selling plug plants for several varieties of winter pansies.

The first I have chosen is  RHS Winning Formula Mixed.

Pansy RHS Winning Formula Mixed

It flowers during winter through to spring and is 6 to 9 inches high. It is being sold in two sizes of plug plants; Mini plug plants (which need growing on before planting them in your garden ) are 120 & 30 free (i.e.150 altogether) for £12.99 or 72 & 12 free larger plug plants for £14.99.

The next variety is Pansy Giant Colorburst.

Pansy Giant Colorburst

This pansy is really large, as you cam se in the picture. The blooms are up to 12cm  (over 4inches) in diameter. They are available in 3 pack sizes, and look to be really good value.

My final choice is Pansy Spring Dawn.

Pansy Spring Dawn

This is a really beautiful, well named,  pansy in pastel shades of blue, pink and white, that will brighten up any winters day.

Buying pansies as plug plants is a good way to get a large number of plants for very little expense or fuss and will make a good start to your winter display.

Many other varieties are available.

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