Ornamental cabbage and kale plants make a brilliant display in the winter landscape. The leaves of flowering cabbage and kale can be smooth or deeply cut. They start out blue-green and turn magenta or white when kissed by frost.Purple ornamental cabbage. Cold weather has a profound effect on the color of these plants.They will color most reliably in mild winter climates where temperatures do no fall below 20 degrees F.White varieties tend to turn brown when subjected to hard freezes. The pink varieties do not exhibit this undesirable trait.Ornamental kale and cabbage seeds are available but can be difficult to use as the seedlings must be kept cool. The seed would have to be sown in late summer in order for the transplants to be ready for the fall garden.
Pansy plants are quite a hardy one, growing well in sunny or partially sunny positions. Pansies are technically biennials that normally have two-year life cycles. The first year they only produce greenery; they bear flowers and seeds in their second year of growth, and afterwards die like annuals. More about gardening pansies here.Pansy flowers can survive light freezes or a little snow, but not for very long. In warmer climates, pansies can bloom over the winter, and are often planted in the fall. In these climates, pansies have been known to re-seed themselves and come back the next year. Pansy flowers should be watered thoroughly about once a week, depending on climate and recent rainfall. For maximum bloom, use plant food about every other week, according to the plant food directions.A raised bed in full sun is the best place to grow pansies. They need six hours or more of sunlight, then pansy flowers will perform admirably. There are two main types of pansies: clear-faced and monkey-faced. The monkey-faced variety has a dark blotch in the middle of the face. Pansies are available in a wide assortment of colors, such as, yellow, brown, blue, red, white, maroon, and orange, among others. The pictures in this site are just an example of some of the many styles and colors you could find pansies.
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Please note that deer when hungry or curious will try any plant. Use repellent, netting, stakes in the plants or any odorous material to deter them!