Re: flower name Those are Viola Tricolor known as Johnny Jump-ups. They spread by re-seeding themselves and they do it exceedingly well! You'll soon have them in every flower bed and all over your yard! It's not really considered ground cover, although I suppose anything that covers the ground could be ground cover, they are in the same family as the Pansy. I like them because they bloom early before other stuff has gotten going. They prefer rich, moist soil and can take full sun on the coast but like a little shade in hotter areas. I just let them do their thing and plant my annuals and perennials around them. If they get really leggy and scraggly looking I prune them back with scissors. Just chop the tops off to get rid of the dead flowers and leggy growth, they'll soon grow up again and bloom some more.