All About PansiesAlthough we in the northern states think of the pansy as a summer flower, gardeners in more temperate climates enjoy their colorful displays throughout the winter. They can survive very cool temperatures, and do best when the nights are not too warm. They come in all hues and some even appear to have faces. Pansies prefer sunny locations, but will also tolerate partly shady areas. Technically, the pansy is a perennial, but since it tends to get leggy and thin in subsequent years, most people treat it as an annual.
Growing pansiesPansies can be grown from seed, but are easy to transplant right into the garden from flats purchased at garden centers. Choose plants that are short and solid looking with numerous buds. Harden them outside for a few days, letting them grow accustomed to the sun slowly. Plant them in a sunny or partly shady area of the yard at about the same depth as their dirt enclosure at least 6 inches apart. Water them deeply once a week.
Pinching off new growth in the beginning will cause the plant to fill in better, and prevent it from becoming leggy. In addition, removing the wilted flowers will allow it to concentrate its energies on additional blooms.