Grow Viola Flowers in a Vibrant Garden

by Australian Flowers

Do you love the smell of viola flowers? Or the way they look in a vase on your table? Like many people, you enjoy having viola flowers, but you may not know much about them.

Here is some information about viola flowers that you may find interesting.

Origin of Viola Flower 

Viola Flowers

The viola is a type of flower that is native to Europe and Asia. It is also known as violet or pansy. The viola is a member of the flowering plant family Violaceae, which contains around 500 species of flowering plants.

The viola is the largest genus in the family and includes about 500 different species. The name viola is derived from the Latin word for violet, viola. The viola was first classified by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in his 1753 work Species Plantarum.


  • A viola flower can be used as decoration.
  • The petals of viola flowers can be dried and used to make potpourri.
  • Viola flowers can be used to make tinctures and extracts.
  • Viola flowers can be added to salads or used as a garnish.

Viola Flowers Varieties To Grow

The viola is a class of flowers that contains many different species. Some violas are annuals, meaning they only bloom for one season and then die. Here are some viola species that are well-suited for growing in gardens:

Viola ‘Bowles Black’

Bowles Black is a viola specifically bred to have black leaves. The plant was named after the British botanist and plant collector William Robinson Bowles. This villa is perfect for adding dramatic contrast to your Garden as an edging plant or in mixed containers. This viola is best grown in partial shade to full sun and prefers moist, well-drained soil. It is a low-maintenance plant that does not require deadheading. Viola ‘Bowles Black’ will reach a height of 6-8 inches and a width of 12 inches.

Viola ‘Odorata’

Viola odorata, known as Sweet Violet, English Violet, Common Violet, and Florist’s violet, is a minor perennial viola native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced into North America and Australia. The plant is viola-like in appearance, with heart-shaped leaves and violet flowers borne singly or in pairs. The flowers have a sweet scent, which is the main attribute of this plant. It blooms in spring and early summer.

Viola odorata is a small perennial herbaceous plant, growing to 10–25 cm (4–10 in) tall. The leaves are 3–7 cm (1.2–2.8 in) broad, heart-shaped with scalloped edges, and glossy dark green with viola-like purple flowers borne singly or in pairs.

Viola ‘Victoria’s Blush’

Victoria Blush viola is a delicate, annual viola with light purple flowers and green leaves. It is often used as a groundcover plant or in borders. The victoria blush viola is a delicate, annual viola with light purple flowers and green leaves. It is often used as a groundcover plant or in borders. This viola is easy to grow and care for and makes a beautiful addition to any garden.

Victoria Blush violas can be planted in the spring or fall. Victoria Blush violas should be planted in a location that receives full sun to partial shade. They will do best in moist, well-drained soil.

Viola ‘Sorbet Ruby Gold Babyface’

Viola 'Sorbet Ruby Gold Babyface'

This viola is a hybrid between Viola cornuta and Viola labrador. The flowers are ruby with yellow throats. They have a strong fragrance and will bloom profusely from early spring until fall.

This viola prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant and does not like to be waterlogged. Viola flowers are best planted in the spring or fall.

Viola x Wittrockiana ‘Tiger Eyes’

Tiger Eyes viola is a hybrid viola created by crossing two different viola species, Viola labrador and Viola cornuta. The resulting plant is a compact, mounding viola with bright yellow flowers and dark green leaves. The flowers have a black blotch on each petal’s centre, giving them their “tiger eye” appearance.

This viola is an excellent choice for growing in containers, as a groundcover, or in mass plantings. It is also a good choice for cutting and adding to fresh bouquets. Tiger Eyes viola plants are low-maintenance and easy to grow. They tolerate many growing conditions but prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. These violas will bloom from spring through fall.

When And Where To Plant Viola

Want to plant a viola in your Garden? These flowers are one of the best choices for both indoor and outdoor use. They can tolerate various conditions, from full sun to partial shade, making them perfect for nearly any location. Plus, violas are relatively low-maintenance, so you won’t have to spend hours caring for them.

The best time to plant the viola is spring after the last frost. You can plant them in the fall, although they may not bloom as prolifically. If you live in a warm climate, you can grow viola year-round.


Viola flowers grow best in full sun to partial shade. They will tolerate some light shade but may not bloom as well. Morning sun and afternoon shade are ideal. Avoid hot, direct sunlight in the afternoon.


Viola Flowers needs at least 6 inches of soil. If you are planting more than one flower, you will need to increase the amount of dirt accordingly. When it comes to earth, Viola Flowers prefers rich, loamy soil high in organic matter. The ideal pH range for Viola Flowers is between 6.0 and 7.0.

If your soil is not ideal, you can make some amendments to improve it. For example, if your soil is too sandy, you can add some organic matter to help hold moisture. If your soil is too clay-like, you can add some sand to improve drainage.


Viola flowers can be planted as close together as 4 inches (10 cm), but 6 to 8 inches (15-20 cm) apart is a happy medium that will allow the plant’s room to grow without overcrowding.

When planting in rows, space viola produces 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm) apart. The pot should be at least 6 inches (15 cm) deep and wide if you’re growing violas in a container. A 5-inch (13 cm) pot is sufficient for one plant.


Viola Flowers

Viola flowers are one of the most beautiful and serene flowers. They come in various colours: blue, purple, yellow, white, and black. Their small size makes them perfect for planting in containers or as part of your Garden’s border.

How To Grow

To grow Viola Flowers:

  • Choose a location with full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.
  • Dig a hole twice the width of the viola’s root ball and just as deep.
  • Place the viola in the hole so that the top of the root ball is even with the ground.
  • Fill in around the plant with soil, tamping it gently as you go.
  • Water thoroughly to settle the soil.
  • Fertilize violas monthly with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season.
  • Cut violas back by half in late summer to encourage new growth and reduce the plant’s size for overwintering indoors.

Growth Habitat

Viola Flowers grow best in shady, moist areas with well-drained soils. They are perfect for growing under trees or shrubs, rock gardens, or in containers.


The viola flower is a delicate plant that requires a careful watering schedule to ensure that the soil is moist but not soggy. Water viola flowers once or twice a week, depending on the weather and rainfall. Be sure to check the ground before watering to make sure that it is dry several inches below the surface. If the soil is too wet, the viola flowers may become susceptible to root rot.


What is the staking of the viola? Staking is the process of training viola flowers to grow along support, like a stake or lattice. This is done to keep the plant from sprawling out and becoming lopsided and protect the blooms from damage by wind or rain.

To stake viola flowers, you will need:

  • Viola flowers
  • Stakes or lattice
  • Garden twine or wire


The fertilizer used for the Viola flower is an all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer. It should be applied every two weeks during the growing season. Apply the fertilizer according to the package directions. Stop fertilizing in late summer to early fall so the plants can harden off before winter.


Mulching viola flowers is an essential step in keeping them healthy and beautiful. By mulching, you will help retain moisture in the soil, prevent weeds from growing, and protect the plant’s roots from extreme temperatures. You can use many different mulch types, so choose one that is best suited for your climate and viola flowers.

Mulching viola flowers is a simple task that will help keep your plants healthy and beautiful. Be sure to choose the right mulch for your climate and viola flowers, and apply it around the base of the plant. With a bit of care, your viola flowers will thrive and produce an abundance of beautiful flowers.

Trimming and Pruning

Pruning Viola Flower

Viola flowers are best trimmed and pruned in early spring, just as they are starting to bloom. You can remove spent blooms and trim back any leggy growth. Violas respond well to trimming and produce more flowers if you do so regularly. Be sure to use sharp, clean shears when decorating violas.

In The Garden

Viola flowers in the Garden can brighten up any space, and viola flowers are easy to take care of. All viola flowers need is a little bit of sun and some water, and they will typically bloom from early spring until late fall.

Viola flowers are popular garden plants because they are easy to grow and add colour and beauty to any space. They can be planted in the ground or in pots, and viola flowers typically bloom from early spring until late fall. Viola flowers are also known for attracting bees and other pollinators, which can benefit your Garden.

End Of Season Care

Viola flowers are one of the most accessible types of flowers to take care of, but there are still a few things you should do to ensure that they stay healthy and bloom next season. Here are some tips on end-season viola flower care:

  • Cut back viola plants by about half their height after the blooms have faded. This will encourage new growth and more flowers next season.
  • Apply a layer of mulch around viola plants to help protect them from the cold weather.
  • Water viola plants regularly, especially during periods of drought.
  • Fertilize viola plants every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer to give them a boost of nutrients.

Dividing And Transplanting

Viola flowers are beautiful and add colour to any garden or landscape. They are straightforward to grow and can be divided and transplanted with ease. The best time to divide viola flowers is in the spring after blooming. You will need a sharp knife or spade, gloves, and a new pot or planting space for the viola flowers.

  • Start by finding a viola flower you would like to transplant. If the plant is pot-bound, it must be divided to transplant it. Gently remove the viola flower from its pot and loosen the roots with your fingers.
  • Using a sharp knife or spade, divide the root ball into two or three sections. Each section should have at least one bud or shoot.
  • Plant the viola flowers in their new pots or space, watering them well.
  • Fertilize the viola flowers weekly with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10.
  • Viola flowers should be transplanted every two to three years. This will help to keep them blooming well.

Pests And Diseases

Viola flowers are susceptible to several pests and diseases, including aphids, spider mites, thrips, whiteflies, powdery mildew, and grey mould.

  • Aphids are small, pear-shaped insects that feed on the sap of viola plants. They can weaken the plant and cause deformities.
  • Spider mites are tiny spider-like creatures that suck the sap from viola flowers.
  • Thrips are small, winged insects that feed on the leaves and flowers of viola plants.
  • Whiteflies are small, white insects that fly around viola plants and feed on the sap.
  • Powdery mildew is a white powdery fungus that grows on the leaves and stems of viola flowers.
  • Gray mould is a fuzzy grey fungus that grows on viola flowers. It can cause the flowers to wilt and die.

To prevent pests and diseases from affecting viola flowers, keeping the plants clean and debris-free is essential.

Additional Concerns

To get viola flowers to bloom, you must ensure they get enough light. They also need moist but well-drained soil. Mulching around the plants will help keep the roots cool and moist. Fertilize viola flowers every two weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer. Deadhead the spent blooms to encourage more buds. Viola flowers are susceptible to several diseases and pests, so watch for any problems and take action immediately. With proper care, viola flowers will bloom from spring until fall.

Viola Flower Recipes 

The viola flower is one of the edible flowers and can be used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts. You can add them to salads or use them as a garnish for savoury dishes. These are the flowers recipes using edible flowers and viola flowers:

DIY Easy-Sugared Violas 

DIY easy sugared violas are a simple and delicious way to enjoy the flavour of fresh violas without all the work.

How to Make 

  • Mix the sugar, corn syrup, and a few drops of food colouring in a small bowl.
  • Paint the mixture onto the flowers.
  • Let the flowers dry.

Viola Lollipop 

A viola lollipop is a candy made by painting a sugar and corn syrup mixture onto flowers. The flowers are then allowed to dry, and the resulting confection is eaten.

How to Make

  • Heat the milk in a small saucepan over low heat until it is warm. Do not let it boil.
  • Add the vanilla extract, sugar, cornstarch, and salt to the pan and stir gently until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Raise the heat to medium and cook the mixture, constantly stirring, until it thickens and boils.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the food colouring.
  • Pour the mixture into a mould or onto a silicone mat. Insert the lollipop sticks and let the mixture cool completely.
  • Once the lollipops are hardened, wrap them individually in a cellophane or place them in a cellophane bag.

Extra Information

Viola flowers are popular among gardeners because of their wide range of colours and ability to bloom in both sun and shade. These cheerful little flowers are also relatively easy to grow, making them an excellent choice for beginner gardeners.

Companion Plants

One of the great things about viola flowers is that they can be planted with various other plants. This means that you can create a stunning and varied garden, even if you only have a small space to work with.

Some viola flowers are particularly well-suited to being planted with certain other plants. For example, viola flowers of the Sorbet variety are often produced with roses, as they can help mask the roses’ strong scent.

Additional Uses

Not only are viola flowers beautiful and popular among gardeners, but they also have a few other uses. The flowers can be used as a natural dye, and the petals can be used to make viola flower oil, which is said to have medicinal properties. Additionally, viola flowers are sometimes used in cooking, added to salads or used as a decoration on cakes and other desserts.

That’s it for viola flowers! Check posts for more information on growing and caring for your Garden. Thanks for reading!

Frequently Asked Questions about Viola Flowers 

What do violas symbolize?

Symbolically, violas represent faithfulness, modesty, and simplicity. They can also indicate a desire for peace and serenity. In terms of floriography (the language of flowers), violas are given as a token of appreciation for being understanding, forgiving, and kind. They’re also used to say “thank you” or to apologize after an argument.

Do violas continuously bloom?

Violas will continuously bloom throughout the spring and summer, as long as they are fertilized and watered regularly.
The blooms will start to fade after a while, but new blooms will continue to form. If you want to keep the flowers looking fresh, you can deadhead the faded blooms.

How long does viola flower last?

The viola’s delicate blooms can last anywhere from one to two weeks, although they will start to wilt sooner in hot weather. To get the most out of your flowers, cut the stem at an angle right below the bloom and place in water immediately. If you don’t have a vase handy, placing the flowers in a pitcher or cup also works well.

How long do viola blooms last?

Violas can last quite a while, but the blooms will eventually die off and the petals will fall off. The leaves will remain, however. The length of time that viola blooms will last depends on a number of factors, including the variety of viola, the weather conditions, and how well they are cared for. Some violas may only last a week or two before their blooms die off, while others may last for several months.

How do violas spread?

Violas spread by reseeding themselves. When the flowers die, the pods will split open and the black seeds will be dispersed by the wind. The seeds can also be dispersed by water or animals.

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