These days, petunias aren’t just for those with an old-fashioned palette. A revolution of verve and radiance has reached our shelves, resulting in an expansive selection of new, velvety cultivars all with their own twist of fashionable color and texture.
Take, for instance, the upright Crazytunia series. This brand new series was bred in Germany by Westhoff and is only hitting shelves this year. Look for vibrant colors that are, well, just plain crazy. ‘Sparky’ provides peppy, splotchy variations of purple and yellow. ‘Mandevilla’ shines in fiery reds, oranges, and yellows seem to erupt from the center. The popular ‘Cherry Cheesecake,’ with its showy red and white stripes, is a real showstopper. For a more muted color scheme, try ‘Twilight Lime’ for its soft lime petals fading to a bold purplish-black center.
Another upright series making much ado this year for its highly saturated hues is the Sophistica collection, whose mounding grandiflora blooms rarely fade. ‘Lime Green’ blooms in a spectacular solid, bright green with no veining whatsoever. Match it with ‘Blackberry’ — a shimmering black with red and violet undertones — to fill your containers with drama and sass.
While it isn’t necessarily new this year, the self-cleaning Supertunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ lends a playful touch to hanging baskets and planters with her magenta, lime-edged trumpets. But for those with little space or an empty border, be sure to check out Picasso’s recently released twin, ‘Lime Light,’ whose identical blooms opt instead for a compact, upright growth habit.
A final, sensational addition to Sky Nursery’s impressive trailing petunia selection is Panache ‘Hell’s Bells’ (not to be confused with the AC/DC track). Plant in a hanging basket for a flood of flaming reddish-orange blooms, certain to attract the neighborhood hummingbirds like wildfire.
Stop by the Container Accents section of our sunny greenhouse to find these flashy new petunias… and more!
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