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Purple Violets: Delicate but Hardy

Purple violets are members of the Violaceae plant family and pansies and violas. They often live in rock gardens or woodland areas like other members of this deciduous forest-loving group. If you're looking for something delicate but hardy that could be grown in U.S Department of Agriculture zones 2 through 10, these gorgeous flowers may be worth considering.

Violets Variety

Violaceae includes colors like red, yellow, blue, and white. Captivating colors of violet flowers are available in many shades with varieties like Johnny-jump-ups, dainty spring blooms with velvety purple and yellow flowers, dooryard violet, and California sweet violet. Sweet Violet is prized for its deep violet blooms and compact growth rate, making it perfect for small gardens or containers.

Purple Violets Growth

 Purple violets thrive when planted in full sun. Planting them in part shade will cause them to flower later than in the full sun. When choosing your site for your new plantings, please place them in an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily during the hottest part of the day. If you are still determining the heat tolerance of your specific varieties, ask a local nursery if they recommend anything besides the full sun.


Maintenance


Deadheading is a process that involves pinching off the fresh blooms at their base so they don't wilt and die. It will also keep your plants tidy, resulting in more flowers per plant. Cutting flowers from this plant for bouquets won't hurt it because cutting them close to ground level allows sunlight/water to flow while avoiding unnecessary damage due to extra cuts on top of what's already been done. For healthy growth later in autumn, consider cutting your violets down and allowing some light/moisture underneath the soil.

The color purple is often associated with love and romance. The color's popularity is primarily due to its use in Romeo and Juliet. Purple flowers are typically seen in nature, and people can find beautiful arrangements in stores all over the place and order an entire collection just for themselves, no matter what time of year.

Purple Violets are beautiful perennials

 

Sweet Violet - TN Nursery

Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet is a low-growing perennial wildflower with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant, deep purple flowers often found in woodlands and gardens. They offer numerous benefits when incorporated into landscaping projects, enhancing outdoor spaces' visual appeal, ecological diversity, and sensory experience. This perennial flowering plant contributes to various dimensions of landscape design. Sweet Violet is a long-lived perennial wildflower that some people call "wild violet." The ancient Greeks revered the flower as a symbol of fertility and used it in love potions. Perfumers prize its sweet fragrance, and confectioners use it to add color and beauty to gourmet candies. Natural Habitat Of Sweet Violet Native to Europe and naturalized in the United States, it grows naturally in open deciduous woodlands and hedgerows. It shows up along forest edges and adds bright springtime color to clearings, pastures, meadows, and swamps. The flower's blooming season typically starts in February and lasts through May. Appearance Of Sweet Violet It grows in four-inch-tall rosettes. Its delicate, aromatic flowers are typically dark purplish-blue, but lilac, lavender, pink, and white variations are also common. The small, five-petaled blossoms are about one inch across and slightly taller than they are wide. The foliage underneath the flowers consists of downy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves with toothed edges. Both the flowers and the leaves rise up from horizontal runners. Sweet Violet In the Garden Gardeners frequently plant it to add color and greenery to their landscaping. This plant adds quiet charm to cottage gardens, woodland gardens, borders, and planters. It does well in flower beds and adds color underneath shrubs and trees. The cut flowers make lovely candies and decorations for desserts. Once established, it will spread out at a moderate rate, giving this plant a good ground cover in moist, sunny areas. You can propagate the plant with seeds or by dividing the plants late in the season after they stop flowering. To encourage a bright show of blooms in spring, cut the runners and any spindly tendrils in late fall. The Ecology Of Sweet Violet Though they grow close to the ground, the plants are an important food source for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and moths. Woodland butterflies drink their nectar, and caterpillars eat their leaves. Songbirds and grazing animals, including rabbits, geese, woodchucks, and deer, enjoy eating the foliage and seeds. When you're looking to add color and subtle beauty to your garden, planting it will help you welcome the spring season year after year.

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