Behold the glory of pansies! The reason I chose this image is to encourage you to love and plant pansies (and violas). They are magical plants here in the Willamette Valley—because they can bloom almost any month in our luscious zone 8—alas, this photo was taken in late June! Pansies and violas are some of our best fall and winter plants, too. Look for my articles this upcoming week about fall and winter displays for pansies and violas. Plant them now for continued color through winter and even into next summer.
Some pansies will survive several years in Oregon, and violas are famous for self seeding (‘Johnny Jump Ups’ are most famous for doing this). Also featured in this image are pink dianthus. I started all of these pansies and dianthus from seed in my greenhouse, about 4-5 months before the photo was taken. Pansies and Violas are ideally started in the greenhouse pretty early—I’ve had my best success in late January/early February, so start planning now. The purple variety in the photo is ‘Karma Blue Butterfly’ (seeds from Thompson-Morgan), and I don’t recall the name of the ruffled varieties.