Pansies – delicate in appearance.  But don’t be fooled into thinking that they’re delicate plants.  They’re surprisingly hardy little plants that will survive the most bitter conditions, bringing bright, merry patches of colour to the garden throughout winter and well into spring.

Your pansy seedlings should be planted about 20cm apart.  Only start planting once the weather begins to cool. Pansies do not like warm soil, so be sure to mulch well.  Mulching will offset any spikes in temperature which may still occur through autumn.  Plant out your pansies in either a sunny or partially shaded area of the garden.  Water them well every week, being careful not to wet their leaves, but rather the soil around them.

Border fronts and beds would welcome the addition of some cheerful pansies. Whether planted in containers or small groups among other flowers, they’re a delight your winter garden.