Cool Wave pansies for nonstop blooms

Pansies stretch the season

Cool Wave from the people who brought you Wave Petunias.
Cool Wave from the people who brought you Wave Petunias. | Source

Cool Waves of color

Carefree color
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First and last in the garden

Cool Wave pansies are from the same people who gave you Wave Petunias. I purchased these pansies at the local independent garden center already in the hanging baskets. All I had to do is bring them home and hang them up.

Pansies have been around forever. They are meant to be annuals we buy in the spring and in the fall. Sort of pre and post garden season color. Pansies appear in the cool of early spring and again, in cool fall temperatures.

After the summer annuals are exhausted and too ugly to live, pitch them. Refill those hanging baskets with a new burst of color and energy. This Cool Wave tends to spread more than old fashioned pansies. That means it takes fewer plants per hanging basket to achieve the same effect.

These bold colors are supposed to be perennials to zone 5. My southeast Missouri garden is zone 6 and the little pansies are continuous bloomers. Our pansies fail for one of two reasons: because we fail to water them and two, because we over water and fertilize them.

Water pansies in the garden until the ground freezes. These cheerful little flowers like part sun, or 4-6 hours of sun per day. In my garden that means morning sun and afternoon shade. The flowers will tumble over the edge of the basket or pot and continue to bloom even in a light snow.

Seeing those colorful flowers peeking through the first light snows will make any gardener smile. The flowers of the pansies are edible. Their flavor is similar to nasturtiums and a bit spicy.

Good taste in flowers

Pansy flowers are edible. Their flavor is similar to nasturtiums and a bit spicy.

Pansies take light freezes

Perfect for hanging baskets, containers and as bedding plants.
Perfect for hanging baskets, containers and as bedding plants. | Source

Edible blooms

These bold colors are supposed to be perennials to zone 5. My southeast Missouri garden is zone 6 may hold the little pansies even in the snow. Our pansies fail for one of two reasons: because we fail to water or fertilize them and two, because we over water and fertilize them.

Water pansies in the garden until the ground freezes. These cheerful little flowers like part sun, or 4-6 hours of sun per day. In my garden that means morning sun and afternoon shade. The flowers will tumble over the edge of the basket or pot and continue to bloom even in a light snow.

Look for pansies at independent garden centers and big box stores. Seeing those colorful flowers peeking through the first light snows will make any gardener smile. The flowers of the pansies are edible. Their flavor is similar to nasturtiums and a bit spicy.

Get containers and baskets ready for spring now. Upgrade hangers, hardware and, baskets now to ease spring garden expenses.

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Patsybell 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Good to read your comment. These sweet flowers are a welcome sight when other blooms are scarce. Thank you for reading my Hub Pages.


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

I agree it warms a cold day, the ones I planted last winter (n0v) lasted right up untli early April, cut them back once and they flowered again.


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Patsybell 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Thank you for your kind words. Pansies are much hardier these days. My favorite photo is the pansies peaking out of that first dusting of snow.


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

Lovely write up about these pansies and so vibrant. I always fill my flower beds with pansies for winter color and they last well into the summer.

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