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Apr 15, 2018 8:19 PM CST
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Hello again, all! I'm still trying to face the fact that all my beautiful, fragrant, hardy violas, will start withering come summer. I've really grown attached to them this year! That said, I'm perfectly happy to replace them with a new, just-as-fragrant, flower. I need a flower of similar size, too. I already have marigolds, zinnias, and petunias. I love their look, but they can't even come close to the amazing smell of the viola. Any suggestions for a viola-like flower that loves the summer heat?

Update: I love the flower celosia, but is celosia fragrant?
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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Apr 16, 2018 7:25 AM CST
Name: Rick R.
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Whatever you try, consider NOT removing the viola. When cooler weather returns at the end of summer, they will revive and bloom again, and all through the fall.
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Apr 16, 2018 7:29 AM CST
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Vinca might fill in for them in the hot weather.
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Apr 16, 2018 7:35 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ✌️👍☼🌷⚘ (Zone 8b)
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If you haven't yet found any scented Petunias, keep looking. Their scent is amazing.

You might enjoy 4'o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa.)

If you have any more shady spots, Hostas with white blooms pack an amazingly lovely scent, and don't need to be replaced each year.

Heliotrope is incredibly sniff-worthy, and 'Cheddar pinks' Dianthus.
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Apr 16, 2018 3:48 PM CST
Southern Indiana (Zone 6a)
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Leftwood said:Whatever you try, consider NOT removing the viola. When cooler weather returns at the end of summer, they will revive and bloom again, and all through the fall.


I am HIGHLY considering saving the violas by moving them under my lilac bush, but the container that they are currently in, will need to be filled.
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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Apr 16, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Southern Indiana (Zone 6a)
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purpleinopp said:If you haven't yet found any scented Petunias, keep looking. Their scent is amazing.

You might enjoy 4'o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa.)

If you have any more shady spots, Hostas with white blooms pack an amazingly lovely scent, and don't need to be replaced each year.

Heliotrope is incredibly sniff-worthy, and 'Cheddar pinks' Dianthus.


Do cheddar pink dianthus do well in high heat?
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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Apr 17, 2018 7:49 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ✌️👍☼🌷⚘ (Zone 8b)
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Good question. I haven't found any since moving to AL. One of my favs in OH (Z5b) but I did not bring any down here. A regretful mistake. If you are asking for your Z6a location, it should be awesome there.
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