Gardeners recognize pansies for their cheerful “faces” that make them stand out in the cool weather garden despite their diminutive size. You can also buy pansies in solid colors, which growers refer to as clear colors. Although horticulturists technically classify pansies as biennials, nurseries treat the plants as cold weather annuals.
Pansies belong to the Viola genus, and the common garden species belong to Wittrock's hybrids, so you may see the plant labeled as Viola x wittrockiana. What is the difference between a pansy and a viola? You may see your favorite spring flower listed as heartsease, Johnny-jump-up, or sweet violet. Labeling gets muddled, but a beginner can tell the difference by observing the larger flowers of pansies, while violas produce a greater number of smaller flowers on plants that tend to be hardier...MORE
Pansy plants display single blooms with five petals each. The flowers average two to three inches in diameter, and get smaller as the weather warms. Some varieties sport ruffled blooms. Healthy pansy foliage is dark green, with lobed leaves. Pansy plants are compact, rarely exceeding 8 inches high. Plants can trail as much as 20 inches, softening the edges of borders and containers.
Over the years, hybridizers have expanded the available color combinations of pansies to include apricot, blue, bronze, black, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. Popular pansy varieties include: Joker series (purple with an orange face), Crystal series (a range of 11 clear colors), Imperial series (vibrant colors that don’t fade), Springtime series (which perform in a wide temperature range).
Pansies are excellent candidates for the spring container garden, where they can show off their colors and fragrance close to eye level. In the garden, they serve to camouflage the fading foliage of spring bulbs like tulips. Besides their versatile colors, pansies are sweetly fragrant and edible, lending their delicate scent to salads and desserts. The expansive color offerings of pansies make them a suitable garnish for wedding cakes, especially if you candy the flowers with superfine sugar.
taken from https://www.thespruce.com/pansies-face-of-spring
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa