A unique new colour combination in a species is always an exciting development, and this vibrant orange and purple combination, the first ever in Viola x cornuta, certainly excited the Fleuroselect judges, who commented on 'a truly unique product with exceptional flower colour', and simply 'beautiful all round'. Viola 'Sorbet Orange Duet' is an exceptional pack performer, and goes on to brighten containers, window boxes or rock gardens with its colourful face for months on end.
Violas are small relatives of Pansies, and belong to the family Violaceae, which has undergone so much crossing over the years that the precise genetic origins are difficult to define. Violas are theoretically perennials, but are generally grown as annuals, sown in the spring for June October flowering, or as biennials, sown in the winter for March August flowering. Violas are much loved, grateful plants, which are used for an enormous variety of uses and applications. They give a wonderful colour contrast in rock gardens, peek out from under taller plants in borders, brighten up containers, baskets and window boxes and generally show their happy sunny faces wherever they are planted. When sown for spring flowering they provide the first splash of colour after the long winter, as autumn flowerers they prolong the colours of summer and cheer up a dull grey day. Regular deadheading will prolong the display, and Viola x cornuta tends to be hardier and more weather resistant than its Pansy relatives with their larger flowers. In the garden centre, 'Sorbet Orange Duet' will stand out from the vast assortment of violas and pansies on display for its stunning colour combination, and for its compact, mature appearance in the pack. Everyone loves Viola, and no-one who sees it will be able to resist 'Sorbet Orange Duet'!