Horticultural Trades Association Plants of the Month for March
The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has already revealed its Plants of the Month for March as the pansy and viola.
They have one of the widest colour ranges and are great for brightening up any garden beds, borders, containers or hanging baskets.
It’s a good idea to consider using them with contrasting companion plants when planting pansies and violas, as other plants can complement their mix of colour and lower height.
The HTA’s celebrity champion of the month is broadcaster and gardener, Esther Rantzen CBE, who says: “I love pansies for their soft colours, all the shades of blues, purples and golds, and for their faces, turned down, as if in contemplation. As Ophelia said, ‘There’s pansies, that’s for thoughts’ – and indeed the name comes from the French, pensees.
“They look fragile, but in fact they are tough, they can survive anything except the burning summer heat and they seed themselves and return, year after year. And outside the garden wall their little wild cousins, the violets, send out their fragrance to reassure us that spring is on its way.”
*Images courtesy of the HTA