Pansies are an autumnal treasure, and these charming plants come in a wide spectrum of colors. If sports is your other obsession–or your other half’s obsession–you can show some team spirit in your garden by planting pansies in the home team’s tones.
Here in Denver, if you’re a Colorado Rockies fan, purchase pansies in purple, white and black. Yes, pansies do come in black.
If you’re a Broncos fan, of course, you’ll want to buy orange and blue. The blue in the pansy palette leans toward purple, but some of the blues are quite close to true blue.
Think the Avalanche are cool? You’ll also find pansies in burgundy and deep blue and white.
Do you root for the University of Colorado Buffalos? You’ll find pansies in black and gold. But if you’re a Colorado State University fan, you’ll have to let the green foliage stand in with yellow pansies for the Rams’ school colors.
For instant impact, add some pansies to a container near your front door, on a patio table, or in another prominent spot.
A pot of pansies makes a perfect hostess gift for a game-day party.
Or pot up some pansies in a small container to bring as a hostess gift when attending game-day parties.
Pansies plants prefer the cooler weather and will last even after first frost, making them a worthwhile purchase at this point in the winding down growing season along the Front Range.
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