|Bees are still slaving away in the Salvia leucantha|
|Still looking a little sparse, but little purple patches from Pansy 'Can-Can' and |
Callicarpa bodinieri var.giraldii 'Profusion' provide interest.
I use a large number of violas and pansies in the winter/spring plantings. Yes they are as common as muck but you can't really beat them for a reliable trickle of colour through the winter followed by a burst of enthusiasm in spring to underpin the daffs and tulips.
Some pansies sulk in winter cold and wet and some are prone to leaf spot infections but I find that thorough dead-heading and the picking off of yellow/spotty leaves usually keeps them going.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: dead-heading is vital. Do it really thoroughly once a week and your displays will look brighter and last longer.
|Cyclamen hederifolium and Pansy 'Can-Can'|
I often use Pansy 'Can-Can', a mixture which, despite its flouncy appearance, usually sails through the winter. Plainer pansies such as Moonlight Mix (shades of blue and white) are valuable too - this one did brilliantly for us last year.
|Viola 'Sorbet White' and Leucothoe |
'Scarletta in a Vine Pot
|Viola 'Sorbet White' in a |
Swag and Acanthus Pot last May
|A 'Jester' Viola in one of our tiny pots last spring|
|Cheery Viola 'Jester Mix' in Whichford's courtyard garden last April|
|Viola 'Tiger Eyes'|