This is a genus of about 500 species of annuals, biennials, evergreen, semi-evergreen, and deciduous perennials although most of us know them as garden pansies. These are short-lived perennials, which are grown for their colorful flowers.
They are used in beds, borders, edging, and pots, hanging baskets, bouquets, rock gardens.
They need well drained, most soil and full sun - a half-day or more. Require little care. Dead-head to prolong flowering.
Propagation is by seed in containers. Sow any time of the year for plants the next season. Frost hardy.
Spring until summer in the north; fall until spring in zone 8 and warmer.
(Pansy photos submitted by Laurie Schwappach from her garden in New Mexico.)