Violas are remarkably versatile plants and suit a range of garden situations. They are typically lower growing than pansies, with smaller, more abundant flowers. Many violas form a trailing habit and look fabulous in a hanging basket, patio pot or window box.
Depending on the autumn weather, violas may or may not flower throughout the winter. During a mild autumn, they will begin to produce flowers which will hold until the spring when new flowers grow and take their place. As cooler bloomers, violas are perfect for beginning and ending the flowering period in your garden, or if the autumn and winter are mild, they’ll bridge the seasons with colour.
Viola flowers should be pinched off once they have bloomed and have begun to wither as this will extend the flowering period, with new flowers encouraged, and prevents energy from being diverted into seeds.