Carol’s pick of vi­o­las

Gardeners' World - - Spring Colour -

1 Vi­ola odor­ata Our na­tive sweet vi­o­let is ideal for nat­u­ral­is­ing un­der trees or shrubs. In the past, nu­mer­ous va­ri­eties were avail­able, but cul­ti­vat­ing them in any num­bers is a painstak­ing op­er­a­tion.

Flow­ers Fe­bru­ary-March

Height x Spread 20cm x 30cm

2 V. ‘ Jack­anapes’ As it’s name im­plies, this vi­ola will take you by sur­prise and makes you smile. It is small flow­ered with dis­tinc­tive colour­ing – two ma­roon back petals and bright-yel­low lower petals with whiskers!

F April-Oc­to­ber

HxS 15cm x 25cm

3 V. ‘Re­becca’ Vi­o­las are sel­dom strik­ing but this one cer­tainly stands out. Each pale flower has a deep-pur­ple pi­co­tee edge. Neat, com­pact and pro­lific, ‘Re­becca’ is ideal for pots where its fra­grant flow­ers can be best ap­pre­ci­ated.

F April-Oc­to­ber

HxS 15cm x 25cm

4 V. ‘Dawn’ The abun­dant creamy-yel­low flow­ers add a bright splash of sunny colour to a lightly shaded

spot. Plant in con­tain­ers or bas­kets to en­joy their sweet fra­grance up close.

F April-Oc­to­ber HxS 15cm x 25cm

5 V. ‘Etain’ A de­light­ful ‘old-fash­ioned’ vi­ola with neat rounded petals of a soft creamy-yel­low, out­lined in soft blue. Very florif­er­ous and highly scented.

F April-Oc­to­ber HxS 15cm x 25cm

6 V. tri­color Heart­sease is a beloved wildflower – dainty, un­ob­tru­sive and al­to­gether charm­ing. To find it among grasses and clover in a sum­mer meadow is like com­ing across a hid­den jewel.

F May-Oc­to­ber HxS 12cm x 15cm

7 V. ‘Bel­mont Blue’ Ver­sa­tile and long-flow­er­ing, this vi­ola pro­duces masses of dainty blooms, whose colour fades el­e­gantly to an ar­ray of lilacs and pale blues.

F April-July HxS 10cm x 20cm

8 V. soro­ria ‘Freck­les’ This North Amer­i­can species has made it­self at home in Europe, where it self­seeds freely. There are pur­ple and white forms, but ‘Freck­les’ com­bines the two, its white petals splashed with pur­ple.

F March-June HxS 15cm x 20cm

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