Now is the time to start planning for pansies! Pansies are the perfect fall annual. They come in a variety of colors, are easy to care for, and can last until late spring with proper care.
The best time to plant pansies is once the ground has cooled to below 70 degrees. In Savannah, that time is usually late September to early October. Pansies require a well-draining soil and full sun, but they prefer some afternoon shade. This enduring bloomer requires lots of food to keep those flowers going so fertilize weekly. You can also keep the blooms going with regular deadheading. Proper care will give your pansies the best chance at blooming until it starts warming up in spring.
Pansies are perfect for containers, hanging baskets, and in ground. They come in so many colors so they can be worked into any style or scheme. They are also great companion plants so they’re ideal for mixed containers. A great way to use pansies is as a bedding annual. I like to use it as seasonal color around my potted dwarf spruce. They’re easy to pop out and replace if you run into an issue.
Pansies are also edible! They are one of the most common edible flowers. They’re used in a variety of ways in the kitchen, especially in drinks or as garnish. Just like humans, animals such as deer and rabbits love this tender flower. Be weary of planting pansies in areas with a high traffic of these animals.
Now is the time to start planning your fall planters! If you need help transitioning your planters to fall with pansies and other plants, call Savannah Interior Plant Designs at 508-801-6015. We can help design, install, and maintain your fall planters.