What flower has a face, is edible, blooms in both spring & fall and comes in the widest range of colors of any garden annual? If you guest pansies, you are right. Yes, October = pansies here in Hampton Roads! These beloved blooms are one of the best ways to add color to your landscape during those six months of cool weather, from October through March. These vibrant, colorful flowers come in all the shades of the rainbow and then some including red, purple, blue, bronze, pink, black, yellow, white, lavender, orange, apricot and mahogany. Pansies are easy to grow, are hardy, provide a burst of color and can be used in a variety of ways - in beds, borders, rock gardens and containers. Here are a few of the newer selections from our popular Matrix Series that offer superb flower power with a compact, well-branched, and uniform habit:
Pansy Matrix Coastal Sunrise - new on the seen in 2014, this selection features an abundance of large flowers that will put on an unmatched color display for all to see. Coastal Sunrise is a mixture of deep rose, pink and purple blooms, with a no-stretch habit that keeps them looking good all summer and throughout the cool season. Add in the landscape or in pots for a pop of color for months to come. Coastal Sunrise grows 6-8 inches tall with an equal spread and prefers partial to full sun.
Pansy Matrix Ocean Breeze – another knock-out from the Matrix Series, Ocean Breeze boasts all the colors of the sea – ocean blues, whites, violets and deep dark purples. Blooms appear in fall and continue on into winter making them ideal planted up in containers, window boxes or in the landscape. Ocean Breeze grows 6-8 inches tall with an equal spread and prefers sun or partial sun for best flowering.
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