Spring in the garden

“Pansies are the colourful flowers with “friendly faces.” A cool-weather favourite, pansies are great for both spring and autumn gardens. Here’s how to plant them as well as keep them growing and blooming.” – Head Gardener, Wendy Hayward

Pansies in beds

  • Set pansy plants in the ground when it becomes workable in the spring. They grow best when soil temperatures are between 7°C and 18°C.
  • They can tolerate a light frost just after planting, but try to hold off on putting them in the ground if temperatures are still regularly reaching well below freezing.
  • Pansies like full or partial sun, but need cooler temperatures to thrive. The ideal planting site will get morning sun but avoid the heat of the late afternoon.


Pansies in pots

  • Pansies are great for containers. Just use potting soil.
  • Plant in portable containers (12 inches or less in diameter) so the plants can be moved to a cooler area when the sun starts to get stronger. A south-facing patio or balcony might be the perfect spot. During the summer, move pansies to the east side of your home for morning sun and afternoon shade.


Care tips

  • Remember to water pansies regularly. One of the most common reasons pansies fail is because they are not watered enough, so if yours are not doing well, try watering them more.
  • You can use a general, all-purpose fertiliser around them to help them grow. Be wary of using a nitrogen-heavy fertiliser, though, as this can result in more foliage instead of flowers.
  • Remove faded/dead flowers to encourage the plants to produce more blooms and to prolong the blooming season.


Cooking notes

Pansies are one of several edible garden flowers and our kitchen team love using them as decoration in dishes. They have a mild minty flavour and make for a lovely flourish of colour on a salad or dessert.