fragrant violas

dragonfly71(5)April 8, 2008

Hi everyone, I'm new here but not new to gardening...

A few years ago, I came across a pastel colored fragrant viola but can't remember the name. Can anyone recommend any varieties of violas that have a strong fragrance or a good place to buy them? I live in western PA in zone 5.



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In my experience the most fragrant are the pansies with the ruffled edges - they are sold under a variety of names but they all pretty much look alike (look for names like Rococo and Flamenco). The ones I found came in a mix of colors, grew tall stems (like 8 inches up), and were heavily ruffled. I haven't seen them available in the last couple of years so I don't know where you could get them. I saw them at Home Depot. I would shop around and give all the violas and pansies you see the sniff test.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 11:11AM
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do a web search for viola odorata. quite a few online nurseries list fragrant cultivars of these.
i have not seen them offered by places like the local box-store garden centers.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 12:12PM
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There is a series of "English" violas that are noticeably fragrant, that includes cultivars named "Etain" (yellow with lilac edge) and "Columbine" (white striped lilac). I find Columbine highly fragrant -- it's a perennial, though not tremendously vigorous. I notice that it is widely available this year and have purchased a few.

Here is a link that might be useful: English viola

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 10:15AM
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Canyon Creek (online) has lots of viola odorata cultivars by mail; they're in northern Cal or Oregon, I think. Thompson and Morgan has a selection of fragrant blue violas.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 8:38PM
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