Be Thankful for the Icicle Pansy
As an avid gardener, a master gardener actually, I should have more winter interest in my garden besides red twig dogwood and the skeletons of grasses and the seed heads of numerous perennials (Ho hum.) And they are nice but . . .
Hellebores (Helleborus) are much lovelier and have a pleasing color palette of creams, pinks, purples, yellows and, yes, greens! (And who wouldn’t like a little green in deep winter?) They will tolerate full sun but would be happiest in shade and have a long bloom period. Bonus: it’s a self-sower.
So why don’t I have any, you ask? Well, I have full sun–everywhere, everywhere, EVERYWHERE–which is quite nice for my sun-loving buds and for sunbathing (wink, wink) . . . but not for a shade-loving plant. Thus the Icicle Pansy which also comes in a beautiful array of colors and are much easier on the pocketbook. Once Spring’s warming rays arrive, their blossoms will look more robust and will begin to multiply. Try planting them next Fall. You will be pleasantly surprised when your eyes rest on those electric patches of color.
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