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I Had a small bed of johnny jump ups and even some common blue violets... Well the jump ups have jumped clear across my yard, into a new flower bed i created. I am thinking of leaving them there.. its almost like there is a ground cover of them.
Does anyone here leave their volunteers in their flowerbeds, using them as a groundcover?
I personally love violas and violets, johnny jump-ups, etc. I have such a hard time getting flowers of any kind to survive (even the "weed" violets), that I let the volunteers go. I figure, more volunteers means less I have to buy next year. I just planted a bed of pansies and violas this spring, and by September, already had dozens of volunteers. Of course, I'm reeeally lazy about dead-heading, too.
We bought a house were the yard was left to go wild for years. I think a quarter of our back yard is violets. Considering what else we have to deal with (poison ivy, grape vine, stinging nettle, vinca), I'm not too worried about the violet LOL. My husband doesn't mind them in the back yard but he doesn't want them in the front yard. I try to keep them out of my flower beds, but since most are temporary and flush to the ground, that's near impossible. So, unless their crowding out another plant, for the most part I don't worry about them. I look forward to the flowers in the spring and the foliage isn't bad to look at the rest of the year. My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I bought some Rebecca & Etain for one of my raised beds LOL. There's some invasive plants you have to fight but, for me, violets aren't anywhere near the top of the list :~)