J - Jumpin' Johnny
J is a weak letter as far as my flowers. I tried to grow Jerusalem sage with pretty yellow blooms, but it didn't take. Joe Pye weed is a great pollinator plant, but too big for my use. I used to have jasmine (star jasmine) in CA, but if I have a photo I have yet to find it. So, I am pushing the J by using a viola called Johnny Jump-up.
A Johnny Jump-up is a viola, but not all violas are Johnny Jump-ups. You may hear them called wild pansies, as they are native wildflowers in Spain and the Pyrenees. The look like tiny pansies. I do not like pansies, their petals are too large and floppy, but I love violas. I grew these Johnny Jump-ups from seed last year, and while I have new seeds, the pots are full of volunteers so it wasn't necessary.
Johnny Jump-ups are perfect annuals for containers, even small ones like the one below. Isn't that an adorable planter?