Violets are pretty. And sometimes they can be pretty boring. They are great fillers, especially when you need a splash of color in a shady garden or in early spring before the bulk of the flowers kick in. But they are so common, they are just not that appealing.
That was until I stumbled across a Viola ‘Etain’ at Annie’s Annuals. These fragrant perennials are long blooming with yellow and lavender flowers that have an almost iridescent quality – you just can’t take your eyes of them. I have them planted in an old wine barrel in the shade with plenty of moisture and rich, loamy soil. And they just keep on blooming.
Etains are pricey hybrids and cannot be grown from seed. However, they can be propagated by division, layering, or cuttings.