I don't know how I missed the introduction of the COOL WAVE Pansy. Maybe it's because I'm not overly fond of pansies - but these look amazing!
The same 'technology' used to create the WAVE petunia has been used to create pansies that trail to up to two feet.
You can buy either plants or the seeds for this mix of COOL WAVE Pansies at Park Seed - but it looks like you had better hurry as many of their WAVE pansies have already sold out. You can also buy WAVE pansies in hanging baskets or containers at your local nursery (or so I'm told).
What I really like about the thought of growing COOL WAVE Pansies is that pansies are biennials and will thrive in your garden for years. Although there is no note of whether the seeds from the COOL WAVE pansy will produce new plants identical to the parent plant (hybrids typically produce offspring that differs from the parent plant) the WAVE site says they will overwinter to Zone 5 and recommends mulching for winter protection in colder climates.
Unless the COOL WAVE pansy is more sensitive to the cold than other pansies, I'm willing to guess they will survive winters in Maine (even in Zones 3 and 4) with a little protection.
COOL WAVE pansies just made their way to my seed list for this year!
Until next time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!