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Our award winning Violets are ready for planting

We’re very proud to hold the National Collection of sweet Violets (Viola odorata) and they’re flowering now and looking and smelling gorgeous. If you’d like to create your very own collection in your garden then this is the time to plant. Take a look at all our Violets with lots of different ones to choose from including one of our favourites Diana Groves a gold medal winner and named after Mrs Groves! Plus a few more of our many beauties below.

Viola Odorata

  diana groves   paradise blue      lianne       


Violets enjoy cool, damp humus soils. Their natural habitat is in shady hedgerows or banks sharing similar conditions to the wild strawberry and primrose so try to imitate these conditions when planting in the garden. 


   doreen   des charentes      christmas


Dappled shade under deciduous trees and shrubs is the ideal position where they will be able to avoid hot, dry summer conditions, but will be exposed to the winter sun which will encourage flowering. 


  fred morey    mme armandine      jack sampson


We also sell other varieties of Violet including:

Sororia Violets

  emperor blue   dark freckles     red giant

Large Flowered Devon Type

     lfd royal robe     roayl elk         lfd mrs pinehurst

Posted by Charlie Groves

Charlie is the manager at Groves Nurseries.  He is the 6th generation of C.W. Groves to run the garden centre. 

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