Bloom IQ

September 6, 2012 – 11:44 am

If you’re looking for a way to add quick curb appeal to your house, try planting petunias in your front yard, window boxes, or hanging baskets. They’ll bloom from early spring through early fall and pair perfectly with other annuals and perennials.

Want a versatile plant that comes in an abundance of bright bold colors and can be used in all of your gardens, containers, and hanging baskets? Then petunias are your go-to gardening friend. Low maintenance and drought tolerant with a light, sweet fragrance – they're beautiful, desirable, and irresistible to butterflies, hummingbirds, and gardeners alike.

Petunias are a perfect addition to any garden and also make great cut flowers.

History
Petunias aren’t what they used to be! When they first appeared in the 19th century, they were lanky plants with tiny flowers. First discovered in South America in the late 1700’s, these wild varieties quickly captured the imagination of gardeners and collectors, who transformed them into the garden petunias we know today.

Once introduced to Europe in the early 1800’s, gardeners began cross breeding them in search of the perfect petunia - a plant with large beautiful flowers in brilliant colors. They ended up creating a wide variety of garden petunias - some with exciting colors or fringed single flowers, others with large and sometimes double flowers. Since then, breeders and gardens all over the world, from Japan to Germany to the United States, have continued to make changes and improvements to the petunia.

Types of Petunias
There are many different varieties of petunias which you can mix and match effortlessly to create the look that fits your style. Trailing petunias are a gardening essential, creating waves of color cascading over the edges of window boxes, hanging baskets, and containers. Spreading varieties are ideal ground covers, and compact varieties are great for edging garden borders.

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I'd include sweet alyssum with the petunias

I have white sweet alyssum planted with white petunias at the top of my retaining wall, and it's a pretty combination: tiny, snow-flake alyssum flowers with larger, delicate petunias. It would look very nice in the pots next to your mailbox: two alyssum plants and two petunia plants in each pot. I got the idea from an upscale nursery here in Seattle. They had that combination in a gigantic pot, and it looked just beautiful. I don't know if this matters to you as a beginner, but sweet alyssum attracts many beneficial insects to your garden, and that reduces problems with pests.
I've always found the light blue petunias with the dark blue veins to be very pretty

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