Spring-blooming violets have a sweet, strong fragrance and have been used to make perfume for hundreds of years. Violets have also been used medicinally to treat migraines and insomnia. These low-growing perennials spread rapidly and are best planted in a wild or semi-wild woodland garden.
Pick a spot to plant violets that is in partial to mostly shade. The soil should be moist, rich and full of organic matter.
Prepare planting bed. Spread 2 inches of compost and 2 inches of peat moss on the surface of the soil in the planting bed. Dig these into the garden soil with a spade and incorporate them by turning the soil over. Rake the surface of the bed smooth when finished digging.
Sprinkle or broadcast violet seeds on the surface of the prepared planting bed. Cover with 1/8- to 1/4-inch of sifted compost or vermiculite. Gently firm the surface with your hands to ensure the seeds have good contact with the soil.
Water the seedbed with a hose end sprayer set to a fine mist. Check the area daily and mist as needed to keep the seedbed moist. Germination will be erratic and can take several weeks.
Thin seedlings when they are 2 inches high so they stand 6 to 8 inches apart.