29 September 2017

Garden Plant of the Month for October: Viola

Garden Plant of the Month for October: Viola

Everything changes very quickly in the garden in October. The trees shed their leaves, and the summer bloomers and perennials reach the end of their flowering period. But that's not the case for violas in October. They love the somewhat lower temperatures, and keep flowering vigorously with their beautiful colours until winter comes

It's no surprise that the autumn viola is one of the most popular plants in the garden. In beds, containers or pots on the balcony or patio - the viola will keep flowering anywhere for months. A bit less in the winter when it's really cold, but it'll carry on again cheerfully in the spring. Plant breeders and growers have created beautiful varieties in a lovely range with yellow, white, pink, blue, orange and red shades. Violas with eyes, spots or faces sometimes create even greater contrast in the flower. There are large-flowered and small-flowered violas, and nowadays we are also seeing more double-flowered varieties. There are even hanging violas which look fabulous in bowls or fixed to the wall in a sack.

So there's plenty of choice to brighten the garden with violas in October. The plants also combine well with other autumn plants such as Calluna, Gaultheria or Skimmia. And things get truly festive in the garden in spring if bulbs have been planted below the violas in multiple layers. The violas planted in the garden in October will then combine with the bulbs in the spring to produce an explosion of flowers. So you get twice the pleasure!