Evergreens provide the best backdrop
Photo/Illustration: Danielle Sherry
Pansies are full of vibrant, bold color, but let’s face it: They are small. Every well-composed mixed container needs a thriller, but this can be a hard item to find in early spring. It’s too early for tropicals, and it will still be months before any sizable annuals are safe to plant outside. Fortunately, you can take advantage of an evergreen you may already have in a pot. The relationship between a pansy and an evergreen is mutually beneficial. The pansy spices up an evergreen, and in turn, an evergreen shrub adds size to the arrangement. This pot even takes advantage of an ever-“green” black mondo grass.
1. ‘Elegantissima’ variegated boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’, Zones 6–8)
2. ‘Gold Cone’ juniper (Juniperus communis ‘Gold Cone’, Zones 2–6)
3. ‘Nana Gracilis’ dwarf hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’, Zones 4–8)
4. Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, Zones 6–11)
5. Sorbet™ Black Duet violet (Viola cornuta Sorbet™ Black Duet, Zones 6–9)