Quick facts and care essentials
• Full sun or partial shade
• Regular watering
Pansy (V. wittrockiana) has 2- to 4-inch flowers in white, blue, mahogany red, rose, yellow, apricot, and purple; the petals are often striped or blotched.
Viola (V. cornuta) has blossoms about 1 1/2 inches across, in bicolors as well as many clear solid colors. Both pansy and viola grow 8 to 10 inches high; space both 6 to 8 inches apart.