By Mobile County Master Gardener Julie Conrey
Yearning for a more colorful winter? Try planting pansies, the small, but tough workhorse of many a Gulf Coast hanging basket, container or winter garden.
Mentioned by name in some of Shakespeare’s works, pansies have been around for centuries.
In Mobile, pansies are winter annuals. They typically appear in garden centers in October and can be grown from seed. In Zone 8b, plant pansies in about late October. They’ll usually last until about Mother’s Day.
Look for the Delta variety, as it can better survive the heat, humidity and frigid weather fickle Mother Nature sends our way. Deadhead spent blooms and grow in full sun for best flower production.