5 favorite violas
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.
Rain really beats down pansy flowers, but violas bounce back quickly. They’re a better landscaping option.
‘Penny Mickey’ Big dark ears behind a purple-and-white face give a nod to Mickey Mouse.
Violas self-sow readily, and the results are pretty neat, since a lot of our violas are already hybrids made by crossing two different colors. So even if the plants self-pollinate, you can get different and interesting flowers. Self-sown seedlings show up in the fall.
‘Penny White Blotch’ This strong grower’s blotched face is a harbinger of more deeply blotched violas to come.
‘Penny Peach Jump-Up’ Lilac upper petals above a peach-and-white face put a new spin on the traditional Johnny-jump-up colors.
• 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.