Pansies (also violas) are one of the most popular annual flowers, and for good reason! These delicate flowers are extremely hardy and thrive in cool weather. Breeding has produced pansies that are more cold-tolerant, but there hasn’t been much luck breeding a pansy variety that tolerates heat. That being said, they will bloom until the hot days of summer set in, making them a great annual flower for early spring and late fall.
Pansies are available in a huge range of bright and cheery colors and are very easy to grow. Plant them in full/partial sun (they prefer morning sun and afternoon shade) and fertilize regularly. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy (think like a wrung-out sponge). Pinch off spent blooms to encourage more blooms.
Pansies can be hardy to zone 4, and many gardeners see them survive all winter and push through the snow in spring. Plant pansies again in the fall to dress up your flowerbeds and bring some late-season fall color to your porch pots.