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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.


Part Sun, Shade, Sun



Under 6 inches to 12 inches


6 inches or indefinitely wide, depending on variety

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(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.
Molly Sanderson Johnny jump-up
Molly Sanderson Johnny jump-up
(Viola tricolor 'Molly Sanderson') has almost black flowers yellow at the throat. It grows 8 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 3-9.
Sorbet Coconut Duet viola
Sorbet Coconut Duet viola
(Viola cornuta 'Sorbet Coconut Duet') shows off purple and white flowers on a compact, 12-inch-tall, heat-resistant plant. Zones 4-9
Sorbet Coconut Swirl viola
Sorbet Coconut Swirl viola
(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.
Starry Night viola
Starry Night viola
(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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Bleeding heart
It's easy to see the origin of bleeding heart's common name when you get a look at its heart-shape pink or white blooms with a protruding tip at the base of the heart. They grow best in partial to full shade in moist, well-drained soil. Some types bloom only in spring and others bloom spring, summer, and fall, provided temperatures aren't too high.
English daisy
Looking like a tiny daisy, in England this plant is known as lawn daisy because it grows so short and so dense that it's a weed in lawns, albeit a beautiful weed.Technically a perennial, English daisy is usually best treated as a biennial (it takes two years to bloom and then dies in the fall) in the South and an annual in the North. Plants survive down to about 10 degrees F so they can be planted in the fall in the South for early-spring bloom. In cool climates, such as England and the Pacific Northwest, they'll bloom from spring planting until summer heat arrives.
Charming, diminutive forget-me-nots are delicate plants with beautiful little blue flowers. While they do come in pinks and whites, it's the blues that people find most delightful.Forget-me-nots are excellent in pots, as edgings, and planted close as a groundcover. These short-lived plants, mostly treated as biennials, reseed generously. The flowers have colorful, tiny yellow eyes and bloom in spring and into early summer. They are prone to damage by slugs.

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