Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) are cool-weather annuals that bloom in fall, winter and early spring. They grow 8 to 12 inches tall and 6 inches wide and produce colorful flowers. Pansies grow best in full sun to partial shade and thrive in well-drained, fertile, nutrient-rich soil. Flowers to complement pansies thrive in cool temperatures and grow in a wide range of sizes. Place them behind the pansy for a dramatic backdrop or alongside the pansy for a harmonious display.
Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) thrive in cool temperatures and help to complement the pansy with their height and color. They grow 1 to 3 feet tall and have a maximum spread of 1 foot. They produce two-lipped, tubular, closed flowers that grow along the terminal racemes. Their common name, snapdragon, refers to the dragon-shaped flowers. Snapdragons grow in a wide range of colors including, red, yellow, pink, purple and orange and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The snapdragon's lance-shaped, glossy, 3 inch long leaves are dark green. They grow best in full sun and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Plant snapdragons in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 10.
October Skies Aster
October skies aster (Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies') is a fall-blooming perennial flower with a spreading growth habit and moderate growth rate. It grows 1 to 3 feet tall and wide and has a low growing, mounding form. The daisy-like, dark sky-blue flowers on October skies aster cover the plant through the fall and bring butterflies to the garden. Hardy, October skies asters are both frost and deer tolerant. They grow best in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Plant October skies aster in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.
Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is a rapidly growing deciduous shrub with a broad form and spreading, arching stems. They grow 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 7 feet wide and produce pale yellow flowers in winter and early spring. The deep emerald-green foliage on winter jasmine accents and brings out the rainbow of colors found in pansy flowers. Winter jasmine grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Grow winter jasmine in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 10.