The Teddington Gardener

Cheeky Chaps

Garden Centres and nurseries are beginning to fill up with violas and pansies and with a little TLC, they can be flowering right through until spring next year.

Violas are, despite their diminutive size and dainty appearance, tough little cookies, more so than the larger flowered pansies, and can stand pretty much anything the British winter can throw at them. They can be a little lost in borders and being small, warrant a life in containers where they can be better appreciated.

Such a range of colour, from crystalline white to velvety blue-blacks, bi-colours with (and without) cheeky little faces, delicately shaded or graphic. Block them together, or mix with wispy grasses and jewel-like Cyclamens. Trim back if they get a little leggy and keep moist, particularly in warmer periods.

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