For many homeowners, planting Cool Wave Pansies during the first warm days of spring is the first true sign that another dreary winter is finally over; it is time to start sprucing up the garden and adding in those vibrant, show-stopping colours. One trip to the garden centre in early spring is enough to convince anyone that the easy spreading colour of Cool Wave Pansies can be a cool-season gardener’s dream!
Here are a few suggestions for planting Cool Wave Pansies in spring.
Large-size baskets of Cool Wave Pansies will be in large supply at garden centres. Take one home and hang it for instant colour, or transplant the entire basket into a patio container. Create your own hanging basket by placing three 10.5cm size Cool Wave Pansy plants in a 30cm basket or container. Don’t overcrowd the basket or the vigorous nature of the plants will compete for water and nutrition, and will not spread as intended – less is more! Soon they will spill over the sides, covering the container with multiple, colourful blooms.
The fresh, crisp colours of Cool Wave Pansies make decorating for spring a breeze! Select unique and colourful pots for holiday gardening. A container of bright Cool Wave Pansies make great gifts for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter and other seasonal events.
In the spring, Cool Wave Pansies can be paired with spiky grasses, Alyssum, Osteospermum, Dianthus and other cool-season choices for gorgeous mixed combos. These plants grow best in cooler weather, and generally bloom and look good from early spring through the onset of warm summer temperatures. Once it gets to be barbeque weather, it is best to remove the spring flowers and plant summer annuals like Wave Petunias.
Whether planted in the garden or used in patio pots and window boxes, growing Cool Wave Pansies is easy. At the garden centre, choose plants that have a uniform green colour to the leaves and appear sturdy and compact. Cool Wave Pansies prefer full sun all day, but can get by with a couple of hours in the shade, too.
After planting, water well. Add a bit of diluted liquid fertilizer to give your plants a head start. Continue to water on any sunny, dry and/or windy day. It will take a couple of weeks for the pansies to settle into their new environment. A regiment of liquid feed every other week through the end of May will keep Cool Wave Pansies healthier and producing more flowers.