November 24, 2017

Plenty to Love

Viola × wittrockiana 'Plentifall' - Pansy

Janine Pineo Photo | Viola × wittrockiana ‘Plentifall’ – Pansy

Nothing quite matches the appeal of a pansy’s sweet face. These easy-to-grow plants offer a profusion of blooms in spring and fall here in Maine, usually dialing back their bloom during the hottest periods of summer. The plants generally are compact, spreading no more than 5 to 8 inches, but then there’s this one, Viola × wittrockiana ‘Plentifall.’ With its trailing habit, it makes an excellent hanging plant, but it can be even more impressive on the ground with a spread of up to 2 feet. One review called it the Wave petunia of pansies. The ‘Plentifall’ mix contains a nice complement of colors, including the one pictured along with a sunny yellow and a clean white with purple whiskers. Add that it’s fragrant and the flowers are edible, and you have a mighty fine little pansy.