Viola

  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Sun: Part Shade
  • Plant Size: 6 to 8 inches tall

These old fashioned favorites sport cheerful flowers with tiny “faces” that pop up when most plants won’t bloom. Like their pansy cousin, many color combinations have emerged to please all palettes. Ideal for winter and spring color. A little more compact than pansies, violas are a good choice for containers.

Plant Spacing: 9 inches.

Secrets to Success »

Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in fall or early spring. At planting time, feed with a slow-release fertilizer. Deadhead spent blooms for a clean look.

Use »

A durable favorite for containers, window boxes, and landscape beds. Cut flowers to enjoy the blossoms indoors in tiny vases, or add to cakes, platters, and salads as an edible garnish. For the adventurous chef, sugar the flower petals for an exquisite cake decoration.

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