The pots on my front steps were looking tired by fall, as the tender plants and annuals that I planted in spring deteriorated. Back in the middle of September, I removed most of the plants and substituted some perky pansies. The fresh colours of ‘Matrix Morpheus’ in the planters cheer me up as I enter and exit my house.
I picked the cheery bi-coloured yellow and blue pansies, Viola x wittrockiana ‘Matrix Morpheus’, because they have a wonderfully soft spring look. The top petals are a deep blue, and the bottom petals are a lovely yellow, with strong blue lines radiating from the centre out through the yellow. The flowers are large, and have many blooms per plant.The blue and yellow colours partner well with the cobalt blue containers. The plants are only 20 cm (8 in) tall, but are very showy in a pot.
There weren’t enough of ‘Matrix Morpheus’ available, so I also added some solid purplish blue and solid yellow Matrix pansies in the fourth planter. Some of the lobelia were still looking good, so I left them in the one pot out front. The pretty blue lobelia flowers have already survived the first light frost, and they give the planter a more full look by tumbling down the sides. Since our summers don’t get too hot, this lobelia has done well right from spring to late fall.
The pansies have a lively look, and being super hardy, will tough out the fall frosts. Since they are on my porch, they are partially sheltered. I can move the containers back so they don’t get as much direct snow on them, and see how long the plants manage to survive. Pansies are frost tolerant, but not zone 3 tolerant. I might move the planters into my unheated garage when the severe cold comes, to avoid being a pansy meanie. They won’t look so sunny in -35° C ( -32° F).
I know that gardeners in warmer zones frequently put out pansies for their winter garden, but you rarely see pansies being offered here in fall, because we often go from a fall garden right to a blanket of white that covers everything. There are fall mums offered everywhere, but I wanted some cheery little pansy faces to greet me at the front door. They are fresh and spring-like, so I guess I am ignoring the seasons in between summer and spring.
What is better than one happy little pansy face? …
…Two happy little pansy faces.