Viola cornuta AGM
The delicate flowers of this species viola are as different as possible from those large-faced, colourful pansies you see smiling at you in trays. It lives for many years and flowers in flushes between April and September. At first the wispy, white, soft-blue, rose-pink or mauve flowers hug the ground above bright-green crinkly foliage. Then the stems get leggier and stretch up through roses and hardy geraniums to great effect. The trick with them all is to crop them twice a year, straight after the first flush of flower and then again in mid-September. The second chop allows them to form a bushy cushion of foliage that keeps out wintry weather. Scented and good for hoverflies. Ht 20cm S 30-40cm.