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Pansies for Fall Color


You know now is the time to decide whether you're going to beautify your landscape or just look at ugly all winter long. Well, when you decide to beautify your landscape you have to be real careful in the choice of plants that you make.

Of course, probably one of the most popular blooming annuals that people plant in the fall, that bloom a little bit in the winter and really give a spectacular bloom next March and April is the pansy. They are spectacular. They'll take a pretty hard freeze before it will ever kill them, and they go right on through and give you the greenery and give you the blooms that a lot of other flowering annuals that we plant in the winter don't.

But what a lot of people don't realize is that there are all different kinds of colors of pansies. As you might know, we have these beautiful yellows and then you have the purples and you can plant all sorts of figurations with them or make all sorts of designs. We even have the blues, a real beautiful light blue color pansies now that really give winter a special treatment when you plant these.

But a lot of people never realize that some pansies have faces. They are the only flower with little faces on them, and they're kind of cute because they have all of these little faces looking at you during the wintertime and making you happy. But the one thing you didn't realize is that the pansies are fragrant, especially the ones without faces. So I guess God gave the ones faceless ones the scent and the ones with faces they just stand there and look at you. So you decide what kind of pansy you want and plant it out to beautify your winter landscape. Now is the time.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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