Plant Now: Pansies & Polyanthus


These are the sprightly contenders for the winter garden, with their cheerful flower heads in  colourful hues. Select individual plants from the potted colour section at your local garden centre, or plant seedlings from punnets of six. Either way, stock up and mass plant. Nothing brightens a winter garden like pansies and polyanthus.

Plant them in sun or light shade in compost-enriched soil.

Pick the stems for small posies indoors.

Plant Now: Beautiful Pansies


Pansies are a cheerful addition to the winter garden and make pretty posies for indoors. Plant seedlings or potted colour in moist, fertile soil in full sun or partial shade. Most pansies are bi-coloured, or single coloured with a yellow eye – in either case the range of hues these days is extensive. There HAS to be a pansy for everyone.

Pansies really do make lovely cut flowers; fill several small vases and place them on windowsills indoors.

The top image is from Mellow Stuff; the second image down is from Out the Front Window.

Plant Now: Pansies

I love pansies. Not so much the bright colours, but the soft pinks, mauves, reds and maroons. There are some some yellow bicoloured ones that do look spectacular though in the winter garden.

It’s a good time to sow pansy seeds for late autumn/winter colour. Sow seeds in trays and transplant when big enough. Plant in a partly shaded position in areas with warm winters and full sun in cold spots, in moist soil that has both compost and blood and bone dug in.

Before blooming, give plants a top dressing of four parts blood and bone and one part sulphate of potash.

Plant Now: Pansies


Head down to your local garden centre and pick up some potted colour for the winter months. Pansies are my favourite, though you’ll find polyanthus, primulas and calendulas too.

Pansies are a cheerful addition to the winter garden and make pretty posies for indoors. You’ll find them in all colours – from soft pastels to vibrant hues, such as reds, oranges and yellows. Plant seedlings or potted colour in moist, fertile soil in full sun or partial shade.

Pansies, polyanthus and primulas all like humus-rich soil, so dig in plenty of compost or leaf mould at planting time.

Plant Now: Pansies

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Pansies are terrific for brightening up dull winters. Plant seedlings in small pots to display indoors or pick flowers to make small posies.

You’ll find plenty of seedlings or potted colour in garden centres now. Plant in compost-enriched soil in a sunny spot. You can sow seeds too, but sow in trays for transplanting when big enough.

Deadhead plants regularly to keep them producing more blooms and feed once a fortnight with a balanced liquid fertiliser.

Plant Now: Pansies

Pansy bouquet
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Buy seedlings from garden centres to plant straight out in the garden, or sow seeds in trays for transplanting later. These cool-season plants come in many colours and grow in sun or light shade. Soil should be moist but free-draining with plenty of compost dug in. Deadhead the flowers regularly and your plants will continue to flower for several weeks.

Plant Now: Pansies

Pansies for winter colour
If you want colour in your garden come winter, then plant pansies now. These colourful blooms show their cheerful faces even on the dullest of days. They may have short stems, but the flowers can still be picked for indoors. Or plant in small containers and bring the whole container inside as a centrepiece when entertaining. Sow seeds in trays or plant seedlings from your garden centre.

Black is the new black in gardens

Black pansies

Last year a new black petunia took the gardening world by storm, which sparked an interest in other black blooms, including the humble pansy. You can see why. Don’t these black pansies look striking planted on their own? Imagine a few of these positioned around your garden. You can buy seeds for black pansies at Kings Seeds and sometimes you’ll find seedlings at garden centres.

This photo features over at Spriggs Florist.

Make a living wreath

Sow yourself a tray of pansies or violas, then, once they’re big enough, plant them up into a living wreath. Like this pretty wreath from Hostess with the Mostess. It’s not quite as low maintenance as a living wreath that uses succulents (you need to deadhead this one), but it makes a gorgeous display for indoors or out. Click on over to Hostess with the Mostess for step-by-step instructions.

Don’t overlook pansies for posies

Pansies in jug

This would take all of two minutes to arrange – one minute 45 seconds to go outside to pick the pansies and 15 seconds to plonk them in a vase. The rustic enamel jug suits the old-fashioned look of pansies perfectly, or you could use an old silver teapot or sugar bowl for a similar effect. Once again, primulas would look good here too, as would violets and snowdrops and snowflakes. Lovely.