One of the prettiest things that can make your garden pretty is violets. According to Rachel Lambert, there are up to 600 varieties of violets growing in the world. These beautiful Violets mostly can be found in the Northern Hemisphere.
As there are a lot of varieties of violets, you may be confused about the one that is good as an addition to your garden. To make a decision, make sure to check out the varieties of violets that you should know below.
Mammoth consists of three colors: purple, white and tallow. This one has 3-4 inches of flowers. This variety of violet grows well on stems 6-8 inches tall and plants spread 6-8 inches wide. It grows well in Zones 5-9.
- Plentifall Frost
Plentifall Frost is delicate and light blue, just like the first frost in the fall. It is best when planted in a hanging basket because it will spill over the sides of the basket. It has a large 18-24 inch spread. However, it only reaches 6-8 inches tall.
- Ocean Breeze
Ocean Breeze is dazzling just like ocean spray. This one grows 8 inches tall with a spread of 8-10 inches. It is hardy in Zones 7-10. looks the best in spring, especially when it is planted alongside dwarf pink snapdragon or Panola Pink Shades.
- Panola Pink Shades
Panola Pink Shades has myriad shades of light, sweet pink, living up to its name. It spreads 8-10 inches and grows to 8 inches tall. It is perfect when planted in a hanging basket. It likes moist soil and is hardy only in USDA Zones 6-9. It blooms about 70 days after sowing the seed. It can bloom all the way from early spring into the fall.
- Swiss Giants Silverbride
Swiss Giants Silverbride looks like a pretty bride on her wedding day. This one features deep purple patches that look like a bride adorned with her flowers and lace. It blooms in the spring, summer and fall. It grows 4-6 inches tall with a spread of 9-12 inches. In addition, it is hardy to Zones 3-9.
- Celestial Northern Lights
Watching Celestial Northern Lights is like watching the northern lights in Tromso or some other places in the northern islands. These flowers look majestic with a striped yellow throat. They can only spread 1-2 inches. Moist, well-drained soil is best for them. They are also good in both heat and cold. They usually bloom all the way from spring to fall, except if the areas are too hot.
- Halo Sky Blue
Halo Sky Blue is known to be the sister of Halo. This variety boasts a lighter blue violet color. It also has a pale center and yellow throat. Apparently, this perennial is hardy to Zones 5-10. It spreads 10-12 inches and it grows 8-10 inches tall. It is best to be planted in spring or fall.
Etain is a sweet scented bloom. This one has creamy yellow leaves with pale purple edges. From late spring to early summer Etain violet usually blooms. It is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8. It is a perennial that grows 1-2 inch blooms. This variety is irresistible to butterflies and other pollinators.
Johnny-Jump-Up has pretty purple-yellow faces. It is a dainty perennial with purple, blue-white and yellow petals. It blooms in the spring and summer and grows up to 4 inches tall. It is best for colder climates. Plus, it is hardy to Zones 3-9 and spreads about 6 inches.
- King Henry
As can be guessed from its name, King Henry has a royal purple color on the outer part of its petals. Besides, there is a rich light purple in the center. This one can be planted in the garden, window box, or pot. This variety of violet that is also popular as “Horned Violet” grows 6-8 inches tall with a spread of 6-9 inches. It grows in Zones 6-9 and can be planted in the spring, summer, fall, and even winter.
- Beckwith’s Violet
Beckwith’s Violet is originally from the Pacific Northwest. This one grows well in rocky soil at mid to high elevations. It blooms in early spring and has thick, spiky leaves. This variety can grow anywhere from 2-20 inches tall, depending on the place where it is placed and the amount of sunlight it gets. Plus, it is hardy to Zones 5-10.
Freckles is originally from eastern North America. This one has light blue flowers with freckles all over with darker blue spots and splotches. It usually blooms in the spring and summer. It is hardy to Zones 4-8 and likes moist soil and sunshine. It will grow 6-8 inches tall and spread 6-12 inches wide.
Labrador is a delicate, pale violet bloom. This one is a low growing flower that is unlikely to grow more than 4 inches in height. It is originally from Canada and the northern United States and grows well in Zones 3-7. It means it is good for everyone in colder areas.
- Sweet Violet
Sweet Violet has the sweetest scent of all the wildflower varieties of violets. It has deep blue-purple petals. It blooms from late winter to early spring. It grows 6-10 inches tall with a spread of 12-18 inches. Moist, well-drained soil is the best soil for this variety. It is hardy to Zones 5-9. In Zones 7 and up, there will be buds and flowers during winter.
Prairie is known as a delicate purple violet. This one can grow anywhere from 3-6 inches tall. It is hardy to Zones 3-8. It has nicely lobed petals. It likes dry soil and blooms from mid to late spring. It is found in North American prairies, hence the name. While it is originally from prairies, it can also be planted in the garden.
So, which variety of violets do you like the most? Do not miss a chance to plant all of them and to enjoy every single one of them in your garden.