New Award-Winning Viola

By Charlie Nardozzi

Violas and pansies are classic cool-season annual flowers. For gardeners in mild winter areas, they bloom and provide color all winter. In colder areas they're one of the first flower transplants in spring. Now there is a new, award-winning viola that adds to the color range of this popular flower.

Viola 'Skippy XL Plum-Gold' is a 2008 All America Selections winner with excellent heat tolerance. In some trial areas it bloomed into August. 'Skippy XL Plum-Gold' is the first viola with a gold face, black whiskers, and shades of plum surrounding the face. The plant grows 6 to 8 inches wide and produces 1- to 2-inch-wide blooms.

For more information on this new viola, go to: National Garden Bureau.

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