• Perennial violas look a lot like their cousins, pansies.
  • But, perennial violas offer the benefit of coming back year after year, adding early-season color to the garden, as well as lots of curb appeal first thing in the season when relatively few other plants bloom.
  • Because these spring flowers are low growing, they're excellent choices for the front of the border or lining walkways and sidewalks.


    • Grow perennial violas in full sun (at least 6 to 8 hours each day) or partial shade. Most varieties can grow quite well in shade, but don't bloom as profusely.
    • Water perennial violas enough to keep the soil moist, but not wet. Though these spring-flowering plants can tolerate some drought, they look better -- and bloom better -- with regular watering. 
    • If you have average or good soil, you don't need to fertilize perennial violas. You can fertilize if you wish, however -- using any general-purpose garden fertilizer.
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