How to make your garden bloom

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

Jason Jandrew at work creating new Penny varieties
Gabriela Hasbun

Viola 101

• Give them regular water and full to partial sun (partial shade in warmer areas).

• They thrive where winters are rainy and cold, growing well in all zones except the low and intermediate desert.

• Find Penny series viola seedlings at most garden centers.

Companies such as Park Seed (parkseed.com or 800/845-3369) and Thompson & Morgan (tmseeds.com or 800/274-7333) sell seeds of other varieties.

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