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Viola selections


Who can't help but adore violets? Their cheerful "faces," often whiskered or otherwise marked, brighten the dreariest day in spring. Use them at the front of beds or borders as edging plants, as bedding plants, in containers and window boxes, in herb gardens, in wild gardens and in rock gardens too. There is a multitude of forms, many now winter hardy in cold climates, in all sizes and colors. Cut back straggly stems and deadhead routinely to prolong blooming. They self-seed freely, but are not invasive. Violets do best in lightly shaded places in soil that remains moist.

Sun,Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
1-12 inches tall, depending on variety
Plant Width:
6 inches or indefinitely wide, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms spring, fall, and winter in mild climates, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Tolerates Wet Soil,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Viola tricolor) has tufts of heart-shaped leaves and plenty of 1-inch yellow and purple flowers with brown "whiskers" and purple "chin" over a long period. It self-seeds freely. It grows to 5 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 3-9, but is often treated as an annual.
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(Viola tricolor 'Molly Sanderson') has almost black flowers yellow at the throat. It grows 8 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 3-9.
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(Viola cornuta 'Sorbet Coconut Duet') shows off purple and white flowers on a compact, 12-inch-tall, heat-resistant plant. Zones 4-9
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(Viola cornuta 'Sorbet Coconut Swirl') is a delight with creamy-white flowers edged in rich lavender. It's a heat-resistant variety that grows 1 foot tall. Zones 4-9.
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(Viola cornuta 'Starry Night') bears blue-and-yellow flowers from spring to fall. It's more heat tolerant than most. Zones 5-8.
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Plant It With
Bleeding heart

The blue green ferny leaves and yellow bleeding-heart-like flowers mix well with yellow pansies or violas in light shade.

English daisy

Blooming at the same time, low-growing English daisies with their single or pompon pink and white flowers are a classic combination with violets.


The fragrant yellow-eyed bright blue flowers of woodland forget-me-not bloom at the same time as violets and they enjoy the same conditions. The flowers play off well against each other.