Just went to a local green house and bought Viola, a Butterfly bush, and some other vegetable plants!
The guy at the green house said that the Viola is an annual but I read that it's a perennial! Witch is it?
Violas are a great flower for baskets with the many colours that are available. I made baskets both ratan and wooden type trug baskets for sale at markets. Planted out with violas they sold very well. Easy plant to keep alive and a good one for buying as a gift.
These were the style I made though not my photo.
Violas are often grown as annuals because, as the plants get older, they lose the compact rounded look that landscapers tend to like. But if you like plants as they are naturally you will have no problem growing violas as a perennial. We never have at my house. By the way, as far as I know, the same is true of other plants in the viola family -- johnny-jump-ups, pansies, and violets.
Don't worry, sometimes the people at greenhouses don't know what they are talking about If you are sure that it is the plant that you searched up, then it should be a perennial. And if I'm wrong, well then you'll find out next year