There is a wide range of pansies available – trailing, ruffled, giant flowered and the more traditional kinds. You can really let your taste for a colour run riot! You can also go for scented varieties.
Pansies are particularly prized by gardeners as an autumn bedding plant, for flowering in the late winter and early spring, but you can also grow them as part of spring bedding too.
Pansies thrive in cooler weather, however, and can suffer in a mid-summer heat wave. Pansies are compact and low-growing – you can grow them alongside bulbs for a spring display, as well as in a massed bed, in containers or as edging.