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The West's best flowers for borders, beds, bouquets, and containers

5 favorite violas

These cheery bloomers light up cool days with happy colors. See some of our favorite varieties

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Gabriela Hasbun

In praise of Violas

The next time you stock up on seeds or cell-packs of blooming violas, you can thank people like Jason Jandrew, a plant breeder at Goldsmith Seeds in Gilroy, California. Jandrew is the man behind the latest Penny series violas. Here he tells us why these flowers make such welcome additions to cold-weather gardens.

These cheery bloomers light up cool, gray days with their bright, happy colors. And with new shades and patterns blanketing nurseries now, Jandrew explains why there’s even more about them to love. 

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