Winter flowers with Viola
The flowers in winter are more often inside than outside. It’s true that a simple bouquet has the power to party. However, some winter flowers are also able to brave the cold to brighten small gardens , balconies , terraces and window sills . Viola are one of them! Discover the strengths of these little wonders and enjoy flowers in winter even outdoors!
Which Viola to enjoy flowers in winter?
The term Viola actually includes violets and thoughts . The many species of Viola available not only allow you to have flowers in winter but also throughout the year! How to distinguish thoughts and violets ? Easy, just observe their petals. They are rounded in thought and elongated in violet . To enjoy these flowers in winter, we must focus on three species in particular.
Thoughts ( Viola wittrockiana ) are ephemeral perennials whose flowers are larger than those of violets . They offer a wide range of colors among which we must choose to avoid a variegated and unrefined effect! They are generally used in flowerbeds and potées in the spring. However, some varieties from the cultivar ” Fama ” are very early. Their macules (the task located in the heart of the flower) are often striated, which is their originality.
However, with few exceptions, thoughts are not the most attractive of Viola . Perhaps because of their small “artificial” side? Default that other species do not have!
The violets violets ( Viola cornuta ) have a more “wild” elegance that gives a lot of charm to flowerpot in winter. They look like thoughts but their flowers are smaller and often scented! They are delightful in all variations of blue, purple and white. In addition, these perennials are resculent themselves and it is not uncommon to see them bloom elsewhere in the garden.
A true winter star, the fragrant violet ( Viola odorata ) is able to bloom all winter if it is protected from the cold! It is totally rustic, even common, and it is the most fragrant . Able to form very tussling clumps in the garden, she also knows how to adapt to a potted crop . She also has the old-fashioned charm of grandmothers flowers when she is in a bouquet !
Flower decorations in winter with Viola
Winter is a thankless season! Few potted plants are resistant to root freezing if poorly protected.
However there is still way to enjoy pretty flower potées in winter. The Viola have a first role to play because they are one of the few species to bloom despite the cold.
Combine them with garden cyclamen or winter heather to create flower pots that will liven up any space. They will also be enjoyed with evergreens such as charcoal or ivy .
And why not simply marry thoughts and violets retorts in a beautiful shades of colors sublimated by foliage in the same tones?
As for the delicate fragrant violets , they are sufficient in themselves massive or in a large pot that will find its place in the garden without problem!
Viola wittrockiana and Viola cornuta are suitable for sun or partial shade while Viola odorata prefers shade or partial shade . All are content with a fresh and well-drained soil. They only fear excess moisture that can make them rot. By removing the faded flowers, you will promote the recovery of the following flowers and enjoy long time these flowers in winter.
These varieties of Viola allow to realize elegant compositions which will be true rays of sun in the middle of the winter! And after keeping company with hellebores ( A winter flower to discover ), they can even continue to bloom later. It will then be the first spring bulbs that will take over
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