Jump Start Spring with Cheerful Violas

By Kerry Ann Mendez

Perennials are now available at Estabrook's! While we offer hundreds of different varieties and many are already blooming, it's tough to beat perennial violas for their brilliant early spring color.

Early Spring Blooms

Violas are one of the first bloomers to burst through the spring flower gate. You can't help but smile when you see their cheerful "faces". There has been a lot of breeding to improve winter hardiness as well as heat tolerance to encourage non-stop blooms spring through fall. Of course, deadheading and weekly liquid fertilizer applications will enhance the show. If you choose to eat their edible flowers, I recommend organic fertilizers such as Neptune's Harvest.

Recommended Varieties

The Halo series is getting rave reviews from gardeners. They offer large fragrant flowers in a range of colors that capture the eye and are ideal for containers, window boxes and gardens.

We are also carrying other popular picks including 'Etain' and 'Painted Porcelain'. Violas like nutrient-rich, moisture retentive soil in full sun to part shade. Hardiness ranges from Zones 49 depending on the cultivar.

Make plans to stop by soon at Estabrook's to purchase one or more of these delightful perennials while the inventory lasts.

About the Author

KERRY ANN MENDEZ is an award-winning garden educator, author and design consultant based in southern Maine. Her latest book is The Budget-Wise Gardener. Check out her Garden Webinar series for more tips and tricks.

Kerry Ann Mendez