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In bloom at Botanica: Fizzy Lemonberry Pansy

Botanical name: Viola x wittrockiana "Fizzy Lemonberry"

Location: Rose Garden, Pansy House

Description: This compact pansy is considered an annual in our area. "Fizzy Lemonberry" features ruffled yellow blooms highlighted with a dark blotch and purple picotee edges. This mix also has nearly solid flowers in extraordinary shades of yellow and purple. When planted in the fall, it provides highly focal, long-lasting blooms through the spring, reaching a mature height and spread of 6 to 8 inches.

Growing tips: Plant 6 to 9 inches apart in full sun to part shade. Planting is suggested in the fall to establish a deeper root system, resulting in longer-lasting plants. Fertilize with liquid fertilizer until Christmas and begin again in March. Deadhead to encourage repeat blooms.

History: New to Botanica this year.

Uses: Pansies provide bold color throughout the winter and are a good companion plant for spring bulbs, perennials and flowering shrubs. Also works well as a border plant and/or container plant.

Also of interest: Other pansies, nandina, juniper, euonymus, pine, holly.