Viola cornuta 'Belmont Blue'

Carol Klein’s favourite violas

Carol Klein reveals eight of her favourite violas.

Violas are easy to grow and flower for months on end. Often confused with pansies, violas are smaller and more delicate than their larger cousins, and are often scented, though some of them do bear the same cheery ‘faces’. They’re ideal for growing in pots, hanging baskets and borders in sun or dappled shade.

What’s more, they’re easy to propagate by cuttings, dividing, layering and in some cases, from seed. Usually their flowers come in rich shades of yellow and purple.

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