We’ve collected together pictures of the violets we grow and ranked them by scent,  (it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it)., so that you can compare them side by side.

  • This is the most fragrant of all with an intoxicating sweet aroma. It is fairly dense and free flowering.
Viola odorata 'Rosea'

Viola odorata ‘Rosea’

Viola odorata ‘Rosea’ is a Rosy pink form of our native sweet violet and is the most fragrant of all with an intoxicating sweet aroma. It is fairly dense and free flowering, growing a dense clump of fresh green leaves to 20cm. Flowers from Nov to Apr. Grows in shade or sun, but prefers a  cool moist soil.

  • The species with its rich dark purple flowers is next. The scent is strong and the growth is dense and vigorous
Viola odorata

Viola odorata

Viola odorata is our native sweet violet. Dense clumps of fresh green leaves to 20cm; and many sweetly scented flowers with a rich deep violet colouring from Nov to Apr. Grows in shade or sun, but prefers a cool position in moist soil.

Sweet Violet is native throughout Europe including the British Isles where it is the only fragrant violet.

  • A selected form close to the native sweet violet
Viola 'Baronne Alice de Rothschild'

Viola ‘Baronne Alice de Rothschild’

For the most part this variety is very similar to our native Viola odorata, though it does have particularly richly coloured flowers and reliably a very good scent.

  • A lovely fragrant hybrid Viola
Viola 'Rebecca'

Viola ‘Rebecca’

Compact hybrid viola with a long flowering season from Spring through Summer. This is one of the lovely Violetta group of violets. They form really tight hummocks of foliage and throughout their long they season are absolutely covered in outward facing pansy-like flowers with a delicious fragrance. Think of them like a perennial pansy that’s been to finishing school. Rebecca has a base colour of cream, shaded lemon on the lowest petal with a rich yellow eye. Each petal is then shaded to pale lilac with the edges flecked mauve. Heavily scented. Any good soil.

  • With a habit that is similar to the species, possibly a bit less dense, ‘Cordelia’ has a lovely rich Parma Violet scent.
Viola 'Cordelia'

Viola ‘Cordelia’

A lovely blush pink violet with a darker ‘horn’ and stronger rose shading on the reverse. Relatively large wide open flowers. Good scent.

  • Fragrant and a stunning colour
Viola 'Melanie'

Viola ‘Melanie’

(Viola ‘Katja’). It’s hard to resist the charm ( and perfume ) of the humble viola. But if you are looking for something a bit different, forget papal purple, this Viola is the richest Catholic Bishop Pink you’ll come across. Deep and extravagent with a delightful silver edge. It is floriferous, doesn’t fade and has an intoxicating fragrance. i couldn’t resist it – the colou stands out so zingingly.

  • Excellent pink that holds its colour
Viola 'Lydia Groves'

Viola ‘Lydia Groves’

Wide open-faced, large flowers of rich sugar pink with little flecks of even richer pink which are only obvious when observed closely, which is a treat in itself as it is very richly scented. Unlike some pink violets the colour holds well as the flowers age and they don’t discolour badly. Floriferous and a little charmer for the spring garden.

Viola ‘Reine des Neiges’

  • A lovely little violet with a dual personality
Viola 'Reine des Neiges' ( violet )

Viola ‘Reine des Neiges’ ( violet )

(‘Queen of Snow’) This variety is for the most part pure white on neat compact plants, though early on flowers can have a distinctive blue rinse. This is one of the longest flowering violets and has a good scent. Clive Groves assumes this violet to be a sport of Konigin Charlotte as it takes on the characteristic upward facing flowers.

  • Free flowering with purple splashed white flowers, this violet has a scent that is great, but a little less strong than those above.
Viola odorata 'Mrs R Barton'

Viola odorata ‘Mrs R Barton’

Bred by Windward Nurseries in 1930. Large white flowers flecked with purple on long stems. A vigorous form creating carpets of heart-shaped leaves and generous quantities of variously spotted and streaked flowers. In cooler weather the purple seems more intense and can even give the petals a watercolour wash of purple. Medium scent. Good to grow in shade and in dry spots under trees.
  • This is a good free flowering variety, but lacks some of the scent of its darker cousin. Flowers are quite straight sided, giving a distinctive appearance. growth dense and short.