Not for nothing is the wild native Viola tricolor called ‘Heartsease’. When the going is rough and nerves are jangled, nothing is more soothing than Violas. They are the perfect cut flower in a small wine glass on a desk or bedside table. Most of them are exquisitely scented and all are exquisitely dainty. No garden is too small for violas. Plant them and pick bunches of them as presents for troubled friends or a troubled self!
All Viola cornuta and their hybrids are grown in 9cm pots.
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VIOLA cornuta . (Violaceae). Violas are a bit like Verbascums in that you must pick and choose. Some are soundly perennial. Others are very ephemeral. All the Viola cornutas are soundly perennial. They are invaluable plants for the edge of a sunny border. They will grow happily in any but the most arid of sandy soil or the heaviest clay. They spread by stolons and quickly make a good clump. The only attention they require is an occasional chopping back of tired growth in order to make way for the new basal growth. They look good in window boxes or in small pots or urns. They are all about 15cm in height and make plants about 25cm in spread. They flower from April through to August. V. cornuta Alba. Small white flowers in profusion. V. c. Boughton Blue. Soft lavender blue flowers. V. c. Netta Strachan. An unceasing succession of pale mauve flowers. Viola cornutas look their prettiest with dwarf alpine campanulas and rockery pinks.
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