Want to make your spring garden really stand out? Consider planting pansies. 

Pansies are some of the strongest plants for early spring. Here’s why they’ll make such a phenomenal addition to your garden. 

Pansies are the first plant to celebrate spring

The cold, harsh winter is over. It’s time to get excited about the leaves on the trees, the warmer days, and the brighter nights. 

Pansies are unique. They look delicate, while being tough. Even though they’re a spring plant, they are strong and hearty enough to withstand the winter frost and even snow.

Your pansies can bloom at the first sight of spring. They are an announcement  that spring has arrived. 

Pansies are an annual plant 

Pansies are  fabulous plants that grow about six to nine inches. They come in a variety of colors. And they are a pretty flower with five rounded petals.

Historically, they celebrate love, feelings of affection, and thoughtfulness. And spring is often a time when “love is in the air”.

You might not know that pansies are edible. And while they may not make a popular menu item, you can use them for things like cake decoration. 

Some even have a pleasant scent though that isn’t always the case. So if you’re specifically looking for a scented flower, choose wisely. 

And here’s how pansies survive the cold 

You can plant pansies while there is still a chill in the air. And then they’re ready to bloom in early spring.

Here’s how pansies survive.

While wind and cold temperature can be very damaging to plants, pansies uniquely can thrive with both frost and snow. That’s because the frost will cover the pansy bed and help insulate it against harsher weather conditions. 

And there’s ways to protect them if the winter temperatures dip lower than projected. 

For instance, laying down pine straw over the pansy bed can help insulate them during an unexpected late winter freeze. 

Pansies are very resilient. Don’t let their dainty appearance fool you. 

Proper care for pansies

Pansies grow well in full light or in slightly shaded areas. And they grow best in temperatures that range between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pansies require well draining soil. You ideally want them to be in even moisture conditions. Make sure to water them regularly.

Fertilizer will help them grow to their full potential. It’s best to use all purpose fertilizer. Just make sure to avoid fertilizer that is too nitrogen heavy. 

When planting, you can place them in pots or right into the ground. Make sure to space them at least seven to twelve inches apart. They can spread up to twelve inches and grow up to nine inches tall. 

And make sure to keep an eye on your pansies as they grow. It’s important to remove any dead or damaged flowers. That will keep them healthy all season long.

Come to Stockslagers to get your garden ready for spring

What type of pansy is best for your garden? We’re fully stocked with pansies and we’ve got a large assortment of colorful varieties. 

So come by to Stockslagers today and see which pansies are perfect to bloom in your spring garden.

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