Viola 'Purple Showers'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Not your grandmother's violet, 'Purple Showers' is a fantastic clump-forming cultivar with large, 2 inch long, slightly fragrant flowers that are electric purple. They create a dramatic color impact in the garden, especially when combined with yellows and reds. Though this variety blooms the heaviest from late spring to early summer, it will continue to send up flowers sporadically throughout the summer. The long flower stems are excellent for cutting.
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Average water needs
Consistent water needs
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Violas grow best in cool, moist, shady environments. In the north, plants can tolerate full sun but prefer partial to full shade. Shade from decidous trees is ideal because the plants growing below receive full sun in the spring, followed by protection from the harsh summer sun once the trees get their leaves. In the south, violas should be grown in partial to full shade and mulched to help the soil stay cool and moist.
To stimulate additional flower production, plants should be sheared back periodically when blooming begins to decline. Plants can also be sheared back in early spring to remove any winter-damaged foliage.