viola mixes like this Sorbet Ocean Breeze will
make you look like a cool season landscape
you want to look like you know what you are doing in the
cool-season landscape, plant one of the designer mixes
of violas. At the top of my list would be the Sorbet
Ocean Breeze mix.
designer mixes of pansies are skyrocketing in
popularity, many gardeners arenít realizing the same
artistic touch is available in the pansiesí smaller
cousin, the viola. In fact the Ocean Breeze mix gained
popularity as a hot new selection in the large flowered
Matrix series of pansy. The viola selection by the same
name however is even more riveting in color.
Sorbet Ocean Breeze mix is actually comprised of four
Sorbet flowers, Blue Babyface, White Babyface, Marina
Babyface and the antique looking Coconut Swirl, which I
think is one of the top viola creations of all time. It
has an of array cream, violet, white yellow and a blush
may be asking: Isnít the pansy larger and showier than
the viola? The surface footage of the blooming flowers
is similar. For instance, you can have large flowers in
the Matrix Ocean Breeze mix pansy or you can choose to
have many more but smaller flowers in the Sorbet Ocean
Breeze mix viola. Both will be stunning to those who
pass by. As far as I am concerned both the Matrix series
of pansy and Sorbet series of violas are champions in
the cool-season garden.
you havenít planted any cool-season color, know that
the Sorbet Ocean Breeze mix violas are very
cold-tolerant and transplant to the garden with ease,
lasting long into the warm season. Plants will grow 6 to
8 inches tall and are prolific bloomers that may have
dozens of flowers at one time.
planting your Sorbet or any other selection of viola or
pansy, know they bloom best in full sun with beds
fertile and organic rich. Prepare the bed before
planting your violas by amending the soil with 3 to 4
inches of organic matter and tilling to a depth of 6 to
8 inches. I will admit, after years of growing pansies
and violas I donít think you can beat peat. It helps
loosen the soil for better water penetration and
aeration, leading to good root development.
2 pounds of a slow-release, 12-6-6 fertilizer per 100
square feet of bed space. Set out plants 6 to 8 inches
apart, planting at the same depth they are growing in
the container. Maintain a layer of mulch to keep soil
temperatures moderate. Violas and pansies are heavy
feeders even though it may seem cold outside. Feed every
four weeks with a diluted, water-soluble, 20-20-20 or
you look at the beautiful blues in the Sorbet Ocean mix
viola, you will quickly see the companion possibilities
by adding hot pink. The Bouquet series of dianthus or
any of the Amazon series would make choice partners.
Yellow can also be added for a cool season of triadic
harmony. My choice here would be the Citrona yellow
erysimum. Sonnet or Liberty Classic snapdragons would
also make wonderful companions.
Sorbet series now boast 22 colors and 4 mixes. So if the
Ocean Breeze mix doesnít reach out and grab you there
is certain to be one that fits your palette. Everyone
has a pansy or viola season, when it is your time, jump
on the bandwagon.