I love both of them as well. I always have to plant pansies in memory of my dear grandmother, whose name was Pansy. She always had these flowers she was named for, as well as tulips, daffs, hyacinths, pinks and Sweet Williams, phlox and morning glories planted to climb the clothesline poles.
Me too! Right now, a 3 year old clump of white with yellow centered primrose is happily blooming next to an ever-enlarging group of crocus. Soon I will be adding pansies to the same area to enjoy until the hot and dry weather slows them down. I also have a new-to-me variety of ruffled pansies that I Winter Sowed hopefully sitting out in the weather, soon to come up when we get some warm, spring sunshine. Both primrose and pansies have become real favorites of mine!
For me, primroses are squatty little plants, pretty the first season, then rather boring. They turn ratty after blooming. Although I am certain I've purchased multiple colors (can't resist those early blooms at the grocery store), they all eventually end up with small dark purple blooms for me. I've banished them all to a shaded area below a bay window and they can either live or die at their option. Perhaps I would like them better if I treated them as annuals and just dug them out after their peak.
Pansies, on the other hand, I love. They are cheerful and bloom from spring to fall and sometimes into winter in my area. Many will reseed themselves. They seem to have a much jollier personality. (For me, I know there are primrose fans out there as well.)
Here I find that planting Pansies in early fall works best, as noted they are heat sensitive. Though I find it funny that the box stores put out pansies now too... though you plant them now and have to pull them up in a few months, much more worth while for me to plant in fall and enjoy them longer. I need to try primroses, as noted I also have thought of them as more 'prim' and proper than my garden :-)
I've never had primroses, but I like them. Unfortunately, the deer and bunnies (abundant here in our woods) enjoyed the pansies I dared to plant once. They even sampled the fake ones I put out the next year, lol!
I'm off to check the deer resistance of primroses, but if anyone has experience to share, please chime in!
Okay, according to the site I checked, primroses are not as delicious as pansies, so I may have to try them this year! I'll try to remember to post the results later. :)
I do the fall/ winter pansies also. My favortie spot is a hot spot in my yard so 1, the pansies get lots of time to bloom and 2, I see them becasue its next to the driveway. So in that spot, they just fry by July (May to June really but July rhymed so nicely...) But last year I did put some pansies in a cool spot. While they didn't do much thru winter of course, they lived much longer come spring and summer.
GardeningNC I agree that I don't like to use 'temporary' plants, planned destruction and max prettiness- it just seems insensitive to the poor plants!
I also plant pansies in a large pot near the back door in the spring as soon as they are on sale here. They bloom and bloom until the weather here gets very hot, and then they slow down a bit until the fall, when they pick back up again. Mine from last year even live through the winter in that pot but die out about the time I buy the new ones. Pansies are annuals, are they not? My back door area gets morning sun but is in the shade by afternoon. It really works well planting them in the large pot - three plants to the pot - and I enjoy the color.