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Viola - Violets

Brightening the garden with their charming and colorful flowers, Viola (Violet) is a vast genus which includes almost 500 species of annuals, biennials, and both tender and hardy perennials. Invaluable for their winter, spring or summer blooms, their color palette is unsurpassed, offering beautiful pastels and sparkling tones. Some blooms have two, even three colors. Many have unique patterns and markings. Violas and pansies are generally treated as annuals  and used for borders, edgings or containers. Violets are more often used in woodland gardens or rock gardens. Among the most popular Violas are the delightfully fragrant Sweet Violets (Viola odorata) blooming in late winter; the Johnny Jump Ups (Viola tricolor) with their purple, yellow white face-like flowers from late spring until fall. Not to forget the pansies, Viola x wittrockiana, with their cheerful multi-colored flowers through the spring and into summer. There is almost a Viola for every season! 

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Viola 'Bunny Ears' (Pansy)

Particularly cute, Viola 'Bunny Ears' (Pansy) is a low-growing perennial boasting unusual bunny shaped flowers adorned with 2 elongated top petals, and the classic pansy face from early to late spring. The sweet-scented flowers arise from clumps of oval, dark green leaves. A charming addition to beds and borders, rock gardens or containers.

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Viola 'Celestial Blue Moon'

Noted for its winter hardiness and heat tolerance, Viola 'Celestial Blue Moon' is a compact, rounded, evergreen perennial prized for its abundance of fragrant, creamy-white flowers lightly washed in sky blue and accented by bright yellow eyes. Produced from early spring to late fall, they will bloom through the summer in the Midwest. In the Southeast they will quit blooming, but their foliage will thrive and they will rebloom in the fall. Sometimes they will flower all winter in mild climate areas.

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Viola 'Celestial Midnight'

Noted for its winter hardiness and heat tolerance, Viola 'Celestial Midnight' is a compact, rounded, evergreen perennial prized for its abundance of fragrant, dark, rich violet flowers blushed with burgundy and adorned with a bright yellow eye. Produced from early spring to late fall, they will bloom through the summer in the Midwest. In the Southeast they will quit blooming, but their foliage will thrive and they will rebloom in the fall. Sometimes they will flower all winter in mild climate areas.

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Viola 'Celestial Northern Lights'

Noted for its winter hardiness and heat tolerance, Viola 'Celestial Northern Lights' is a compact, rounded, evergreen perennial prized for its abundance of fragrant, vibrant purple flowers with sunshine yellow and orange blushed petals. Produced from early spring to late fall, they will bloom through the summer in the Midwest. In the Southeast they will quit blooming, but their foliage will thrive and they will rebloom in the fall. Sometimes they will flower all winter in mild climate areas.

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Viola 'Celestial Twilight'

Noted for its winter hardiness and heat tolerance, Viola 'Celestial Twilight' is a compact, rounded, evergreen perennial prized for its abundance of fragrant, bright sunshine-yellow flowers blushed mauve and orange. Produced from early spring to late fall, they will bloom through the summer in the Midwest. In the Southeast they will quit blooming, but their foliage will thrive and they will rebloom in the fall. Sometimes they will flower all winter in mild climate areas.

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Viola 'Etain'

Deliciously scented, Viola 'Etain' is a low-growing, evergreen perennial producing large, creamy-yellow flowers, 1.75 in. across (4 cm), adorned with contrasting lavender-purple edges from spring to fall. Though it blooms the heaviest from late spring to early summer, it will continue to send up flowers sporadically throughout the summer and into fall. The sweet-scented flowers arise from clumps of oval, dark green leaves, which spread to form an elegant ground cover. A classic viola that blooms longer than average and has gorgeous flowers.

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Viola 'Heartthrob' (Violet)

Viola 'Heartthrob' is a low-growing perennial noted for its incredibly showy foliage of heart-shaped leaves adorned with deep burgundy centers that contrast with the bright green leaf edges. Classic lavender-violet flowers appear before the leaves in mid spring, but get covered up later by the magnificent foliage. A wonderful foliage plant for containers, the front of the border, or as a ground cover.

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Viola 'Sorbet Carmine Rose' (Horned Violet)

Free-flowering and heat tolerant, Viola 'Sorbet Carmine Rose' (Horned Violet) is a compact, semi-evergreen perennial prized for its abundance of small carmine flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with yellow centers and pretty whiskers. Flowering is so prolific that it obscures the foliage when the plant is in full bloom.

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Viola 'Sorbet Coconut Swirl' (Horned Violet)

Free-flowering and heat tolerant, Viola 'Sorbet Coconut Swirl' (Horned Violet) is a compact, semi-evergreen perennial prized for its abundance of small white flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with violet edges and indigo whiskers. Flowering is so prolific that it obscures the foliage when the plant is in full bloom. Being small, the flowers hold up to rainy winter weather much better than large pansies.

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Viola 'Sorbet Icy Blue' (Horned Violet)

Free-flowering and heat tolerant, Viola 'Sorbet Icy Blue' (Horned Violet) is a compact, semi-evergreen perennial prized for its abundance of small, pale porcelain-blue flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with sky-blue centers and a tiny yellow eye. Flowering is so prolific that it obscures the foliage when the plant is in full bloom. Being small, the flowers hold up to rainy winter weather much better than large pansies.

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Viola 'Sorbet Lemon Blueberry Swirl' (Horned Violet)

Free-flowering and heat tolerant, Viola 'Sorbet Lemon Blueberry Swirl' (Horned Violet) is a compact, semi-evergreen perennial prized for its abundance of small sunny-yellow flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with violet edges and indigo whiskers. Flowering is so prolific that it obscures the foliage when the plant is in full bloom. Being small, the flowers hold up to rainy winter weather much better than large pansies.

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Viola 'Sorbet Lemon Chiffon' (Horned Violet)

Free-flowering and heat tolerant, Viola 'Sorbet Lemon Chiffon' (Horned Violet) is a compact, semi-evergreen perennial prized for its abundance of small, soft yellow flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm). Flowering is so prolific that it obscures the foliage when the plant is in full bloom. Being small, the flowers hold up to rainy winter weather much better than large pansies.

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Viola blanda (Sweet White Violet)

Viola blanda (Sweet White Violet) is a stoloniferous, low-growing perennial forming a carpet of intensely fragrant, tiny, white flowers with reflexed upper petals and a purple-veined lower petal. Blooming in mid to late spring (depending on geographic location), they rest atop their own leafless reddish stalk.

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Viola canadensis (Canadian Violet)

Viola canadensis (Canadian Violet) is a clump-forming perennial boasting fragrant flowers adorned with 5 white petals which can have a purple tinge on their back, particularly the upper two petals. The petals are distinctly yellow at the base and the lower petals feature purple veins serving as nectar guides.

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Viola cornuta 'Blackout' (Horned Violet)

Noted for its velvety, black flowers, Viola cornuta 'Blackout' is a compact, rounded perennial prized for its abundance of large, fragrant flowers, adorned with bright yellow centers. Freely flowering under outdoor growing conditions with substantially continuous blooming from spring through autumn, the scented flowers arise from a low, bushy mound of medium green leaves.

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