Hip Hop Pansy

Our plant of the week is much more than that; 2017 is the Year of the Pansy!   And this time of year, and again in the fall, Pansies are some of the first plants to help color-up the landscape and containers.  Garden pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) are a mixture of several species, and the common names are very interchangeable; Pansy, Viola, and even Violet.  Now considered annual bedding plants that totally enjoy the cooler weather, Pansies come in a multitude of colors from white to almost black, and just about everything in between.  And not only do they add great colors, they’re also a “dinner and a show” plant…yes, the flowers are highly edible!  When shopping for your spring pansies, look for some of the newer selections like Cool Wave (spreading), Frizzle Sizzle, and Hip Hop series.  By the way, pansies seem to perform best in morning sun and protected from the heat of the mid-day sun. 

 

Fizzle Sizzle Pansy