The winter months are one of the most challenging times of the year when it comes to adding ‘colour’ to the landscape. One of the few flowering plants that withstands the winter cold is the ever so popular winter flowering Pansy. Pansies have a lot of pressure to look fantastic during the time of year when Mother Nature is at its worst. Endless rain, hail, and snowstorms—it is a wonder how they can survive these conditions and still force a flower or two to prove they are worthy of being in the garden.
Once spring finally rolls around, Pansies show us why we planted them in the first place. We have come to realize that these little annuals need a few friends to help get them through winter. By incorporating a variety of colourful textured perennials and shrubs by their side, it lets Pansies sit dormant for a month or two. This also allows us to install knock out displays that look fabulous during the dreary months and then explode when the sun starts to shine again in the New Year.
Fall is also the time to plant spring flowering bulbs, and they can be incorporated when installing winter annual displays. These provide a glorious burst of colour in the early spring, and signal the end of the long winter months.