A good idea that failed in my garden this summer involved Petunias. Rather than plant the brash coloured Petunias I thought I would go for some scent and colour coordinated schemes. So I opted for these Lemon F1 plants I bought as seedlings. The idea was to grow Lemon Verbena and Geranium Lemon crispum alongside the petunias for the leaf scent. The weather was not kind to the petunias and they suffered badly in the ground. Those in pots fared better but still did not excel and had no scented plants with them. I like the idea and will try again next year probably with a different combination.
- F1 varieties allow us to select single colour Petunias and a new series from Chilterns comes in Lady Purple, Lady Blue, and Lady Cherry.
- Thompson Morgan have Mirage Midnight a dark blue and Cascade Blue (double) which I think is purple.
- Prism Sunshine F1 is another yellow grandiflora as are Baby Duck and Madness.
- EasyWave™ is another series with self colours in Red, Blue and White
- Single colour with white frills may be cheating but I like Pirouette Purple, Pirouette Red and Plum Crystal.
Starting Types of Petunias
- I find the seeds too fine and hard to germinate consistently. Being a lazy gardener I like ‘kinder plants’ and plug plants to get me started.
- Petunia ‘Citrus Spritzer’ is a Mini Petunia also called Calibrachoa. Withmasses of flower power producing in excess of 500 blooms per basket, mini Petunia ‘Citrus Spritzer Mixed’ are simply made for hanging baskets. Free flowering and easy to grow, these astonishing calibrachoas make a spectacular summer display. Height and spread is 30cm (12”).
- Surfinia’ petunias are still the most loved and reliable petunias, producing hundreds of beautifully coloured, trumpet shaped flowers. Support Petunia ‘Surfinia’ on a climbing frame and it will rapidly climb up to 2m/6ft high to create a non-stop tower of colour. These petunia flower from June right through to the first frosts of winter.
- Fill your patio containers with the wide, citrus yellow, bell shaped flowers of Petunia ‘Fanfare Yellow’ shown below
- Petunia ‘Waves Mixed’ F1 were a version of the earliest petunias.
- The ‘most weather resistant’ is claimed to be Petunia miniflora ‘Mini Bella Picotee Mixed with the appearance of stripped flowers.
- Spreading petunias are only about six inches tall, but spread so rapidly that they cover a huge area in one growing season provided they’re watered and fertilized frequently.
- If I am lucky enough to get a good crop of seedlings it is usually from a small selection and I miss out on the variety.