Wild violets are delicate-looking plants that are surprisingly sturdy. The dark green, oval leaves and sweet flowers in a range of white to blue to purple hues are great accents around the lawn. These little plants will spread wherever you put them, so give them space.
Choose sheltered spots along the edges of the lawn, beneath trees, around bushes, and along the sides of the house or outbuildings. Partial shade to full sun exposure is fine for wild violets.
Use a spade or small shovel to remove any grass and turn up the soil. Cut up any chunks of soil into smaller pieces until the soil is light and crumbly. Remove any large rocks or big chunks of clay soil that will not break down into smaller pieces.
Water the areas that you have dug up using a garden hose or a watering can until the soil is wet but not saturated. You want wet dirt, but not mud, so go light on the water. You can always add more if you need to.
Plant wild violet seeds at a depth of 3 inches and cover them with a light layer of the moist soil.
Plant clumps of transplanted wild violets at a depth that fits the size of the plant; you want the root system to be completely covered by dirt but the top of the plant, the stem and leaves, to be above the ground. Set them gently into the prepared soil and use one hand to hold the leaves up while you use your other hand to scoop dirt over the roots and up around the stem.
Check the progress of your wild violets. Seeds take about 20 days to germinate. Once you see the tiny sprigs coming up, be careful to get any weeds or grass from taking over the soil. Water both seeds and transplants every couple of days; use a light mister or garden watering can until the plants are well-established.