There are lots of options for colour in the cooler months … but many types can cause confusion!
Clearing up confusion part 1: Pansies and Violas are unbeatable for flower power throughout the cooler months, and should be your go-to plant for pots, planters, troughs and baskets.
People like to check that the plants they are buying are winter-flowering varieties rather than summer-flowering, but these days they are one and the same. The only thing that affects flowering time with modern varieties is when they are potted up!
And the only real difference between Pansies (left) and Violas (right) is that the former have larger flower heads.
Gardening advice by Catherine McMillan
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