Not just violets
During the first weeks of spring the garden is full of new buds and small flowers; the flowerbeds of annuals are still bare, we will fill them at the end of April or even later, when the minimum temperatures begin to rise.
Generally in these beds during the winter months the pansies are planted, and in spring they are added to the primroses; in fact, however, not only violets it is possible to plant, there are "alternatives", not to see every year the same flowers, very beautiful and colorful, but identical from year to year.
Not just violets? The first alternative is to put perennials in the house; putting them in the beds at the end of winter we can already enjoy their first flowering, even if they will surely give us more joy in the year to come; these plants tend to dry up during the winter, and often tend not to bloom in summer; in any case we will be able to sow annuals among the seedlings, so as to have even in summer numerous flowers to enjoy. Or you can decide to plant a variety of perennial plants with different flowering periods, in order to have a flowerbed always in bloom for most of the year.
There are many species and varieties to choose from; in the nursery, iberis, alisso in varietal and aubretia are found each year; to change try to put also the ajuga, the androsace, the varieties of colored leaves heuchera.
Also many bulbs produce flowers as soon as the days warm up a little; they can also be placed in the garden in autumn or even in late winter, and we will quickly have a flowerbed for a few weeks; tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, the flowers are very colorful, some even fragrant, in the nursery you will find many varieties with unexpected colors. After flowering the foliage grows luxuriant for a few weeks, and then it dries up; at this point we can decide to uproot the bulbs, to keep them in a protected, dark and dry place; or we can decide to leave them at home: among the bulbs we can sow flower annuals, or plant young seedlings that will develop by filling the "holes" left by bulbous plants in vegetative rest.
Some evergreen perennials
There are some perennial species that remain beautiful more or less all the year; we can decide to plant these plants, which will cover our flowerbed and make it beautiful in every month of the year, blooming even for a long time. One of the most used plants is the mesembrianthemo, there are dozens of varieties: it is a succulent, evergreen ground cover, with spring and summer flowering; it is planted in a very sunny place, so that even in winter it enjoys a not too harsh climate.
Even periwinkles can be used in this way, especially indicated for flowerbeds placed in partial shade or complete shade; the flowers appear in spring, and are deep purple; there are varieties with variegated foliage, so as to illuminate the most shaded flowerbed with a touch of color.
Not only violets: And if instead
For those who, on the other hand, dare to have a particular flowerbed, the alternative is the strawberries: they are evergreens, ground cover, they require little care, and in the nursery you can also find varieties with particular flowers, large and rosy; the strawberries have a main flowering in late spring, then they continue to bloom sporadically until the summer.
An interesting alternative could also be to prepare a flowerbed of aromatic plants: thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram.
In addition to being very decorative, aromatic plants can then be used throughout the year in the kitchen.
Thyme, sage, but also rosemary or lavender, have beautiful foliage throughout the year, even a beautiful spring or summer bloom.