Violas are dainty little flowers but are surprisingly capable of standing up to New England summers. I planted Johnny-Jump-Up Viola seedlings into containers in mid May and they are still flowering.
For height in the containers I planted Bright Lights Swiss Chard seeds and now that the plants have achieved maturity, I have the look I wanted: a tall colorful stemmed foliage plant surrounded by a myriad of small flowers.
The uninformed would not know this is an edible arrangement, but I can snip leaves and pick flowers for salads all summer long.
I think theses containers look right at home on my front porch.
See you in the garden,