Planting Violas (Violaceae family) in the southwest is a bit challenging. These colorful plants love the sun during the spring seasons however once the hot summer heat arrives it’s best to place them in shade. Weeds and Violas will compete with water so it is important to remove all weeds that are nearby.
Use them in Containers
Plant them in containers or in the flowering garden. Plant them in masses for a great-looking effect. Use them in front of taller perennials or annuals during spring and fall months. They will do well in hanging baskets and in tall pots.
Use them in spring and fall for great outdoor colors. They like loose loamy rich soil. To keep them looking their best you should fertilize them at least twice per month. A good 20-20-20 analysis will work great. There a ton of colors and varieties to choose from. You can visit Wikipedia for some big list of Viola Varieties right here. Viola Varieties.
This is not a drought-tolerant plant. Water every other day during the spring and fall seasons sometimes daily if they start to look droopy during the mid-summer heat.
Deadheading Violas will help them rebloom over and over again. The more you deadhead the more flowers will spring out.
Most of Viola’s plants are annuals however if you live in an area where freezing temperatures are rare they will come back after the fall seasons. Be sure to trim them back and cover them with mulch. This will help them spring back up in springtime. The English Viola is a hardier plant and is considered a perennial you can read more information right here. English Viola.
Planting Violas for Your Garden
Johnny Jump-ups are exceptional flowering plants. They will do well in hanging baskets or in containers with other annuals or perennials. They like rich loamy well-drained soil. Feed them 1-2 times per month for better results.
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