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August 25, 2022
Pansies, Mums, and Violas Oh My!
As we head into fall and your favorite summer blooms begin to fade, it is time to start thinking about cool weather plants for your garden! We will offer a vibrant selection of Belgian and Yoder mums in assorted colors as well as a wide assortment of pansies and violas at our fall sale.
Your quintessential fall container plant. You'd be hard pressed to walk down a street in October and not find mums on someones porch, and for good reason - they come in all of our favorite fall colors. Decorating your porch for fall can be as easy a plopping a pot of these into your favorite container (or just leaving them in their growing container as they get so full they often hide the entire pot)! In this still sweltering summer heat, we recommend waiting a few weeks before putting your mums out - or if you buy them in earlier September, consider putting them in part shade until the sun/heat isn't quite so strong.
A few of these stunners can go a long way - their large flowers pack a big punch and they come in so many colors, you'll have a hard time choosing! These flowers make a big impact and can quickly liven up a front porch or add interest to a walkway. We choose cultivars that are known for long bloom times and resilience in a range of weather conditions for our WNC climate.
Even after your marigolds have died, your impatiens are gone, and the frost has toasted your coleus and zinnias, these flowers will be going strong. We find that the traditional cultivars like Johnny Jump Up's are the hardiest. Violas will continue to bloom under a foot of snow and through May. Violas have small flowers with more buds per plant, filling in a pot or front of a garden bed nicely.
PANSIES VS. VIOLAS: What's the Difference?
Did you know that pansies are derived from violas? That means all pansies are violas but not all violas are pansies. But what sets them apart?
Pansies have bigger flowers that always make a statement, but have fewer blooms at one time. They are taller and larger overall than violas. You’ll often find pansies in a wider variety of colors.
Violas are smaller with more blooms per plant. They spread more easily and will trail slightly if placed on the edge of a planter. The main difference we notice here in WNC is that violas are typically hardier than pansies and will provide you with flowers from October through April - even after a snowfall! If you notice your pansies or especially violas looking a bit leggy toward winter, give them a haircut - they will put out new growth and have an improved habit and more blooms.