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English Violet (Viola Odorata)

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English Violet (Viola Odorata)

from 3.00

Viola odorata is a part of what we’d consider a very large range of types of violas and violets. The lovely violets that we stock are fabulous ground cover specimens. For me, when selecting, this meant that they spread by runners, but hold obvious clumps of central plants, while covering the ground well enough to stop new weeds popping up.

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Viola odorata is a part of what we’d consider a very large range of types of violas and violets. The lovely violets that we stock are fabulous ground cover specimens. For me, when selecting, this meant that they spread by runners, but hold obvious clumps of central plants, while covering the ground well enough to stop new weeds popping up.

A single violet is roughly 15cm across and 15cm high. In my experience, they most like dappled shade and damp spots- I don’t know what the gardening books say but these ones are also frost hardy and only seem to suffer under the sun if water droplets dry in the sun too quickly- they’ll be fine in full sun as long as the soil is fertile.

Violets are most exceptional on a bank, under shrubs- because if you aren’t really observant, you’ll miss seeing their flowers! I put them under hydrangeas, camellias, and rhododendrons. They are great at covering large patches without feeling too ‘weedy.’ I plant them about 30cm apart for full coverage after 12 months. They also look fantastic in pots, and will eventually start to cascade down them if you encourage them.

Please note that the ‘single plant’ option is for a rooted runner, packed bare-rooted similar to our cuttings. If you are not an experienced gardener then we suggest purchasing the potted version.