Viola - Violet
Before the Victorians became entranced with the the language of flowers, Shakespeare seems to have understood what others would know later; violets were symbols of watchfulness and faithfulness. Violets, then, are as synonymous with true love as any rose.
Violets tolerate foot traffic moderately well, so can be used as a lawn substitute in low-traffic areas. Naturalize them in shade gardens and wooded settings. They are also well-suited to container gardens, low borders, medicinal gardens and theme gardens. Violets are discreet little flowers, beautiful, rich in history and legend - perfect for that romantic spot in your garden.
In addition to ornamental uses, violets are edible. They can be used fresh or sugared as garnishes in salads, on cakes and pastries. They contain vitamins A and C, and anti-oxidants.
To learn more, read our article, Violets - For That Romantic Spot In Your Garden.
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