Pansies add bright color to cool-season gardens and borders. Available in a range of single and bi-color varieties, these bright flowers do best in spring and fall. They also continue to bloom throughout winter in warmer climates when most other plants enter dormancy. Pansies are suited to almost any climate and once established require minimal care to thrive.
Choose a well-drained garden bed that gets full sun. Place a 4-inch layer of compost over the garden bed and till it in to a 10-inch depth to add nutrients to the soil while aiding drainage.
Plant pansies to the same depth in the garden bed that they are in their nursery pots. Ensure that the crown of the plant, where the stems emerge from the root ball, is sitting at soil level.
Water the pansies immediately after planting so that the soil is moist to a 6-inch depth. Keep the soil moist at all times for the first three weeks after planting so the roots can become established. Allow the soil to dry slightly between watering after this three-week period.
Pinch off the top ½ inch of each growing tip after planting. This encourages the plant to remain bushy and not become leggy. It also encourages further bud setting and more blossoms.
Apply a 2-inch layer of organic mulch around the plants, taking care not to cover the crown of the plant with the mulch. This preserves soil moisture and protects the plants during cold nights.