Petunia Flowers are bright and lively, bloom from spring until frost, and scent the air with lovely fragrance. Best of all, they’re amazingly easy to grow, both in the garden and in containers.Petunias are one of the most popular garden bedding flowers. They have wide trumpet shaped flowers and branching foliage that is hairy and somewhat sticky. Petunias are prolific bloomers, although some forms require deadheading to keep them going. However most varieties will bloom throughout the summer, except in extreme heat. You can now find petunias in just about every color but true blue and with growing habits that mound in borders or trail down containers.
Petunias are annual flowering plants, native to Argentina. Within the petunia family there is great variety: single and double blooms, ruffled or smooth petals, striped, veined or solid colors, mounding and cascading habits and even some fragrance. Most of the petunias sold today are hybrids, developed for specific design purposes. Petunias are versatile annuals, providing a bounty of bright color from early summer until fall. They come in four main categories that span the color spectrum, including large grandifloras, compact multifloras, miniature millifloras, and spreading, trailing forms. Although big, cascading grandifloras are the traditional choice for containers, any type will work and adapt to life on a patio or balcony. Heat- and drought-tolerant, petunias are tough plants that thrive with minimal care.
Spreading type petunias, which include The ‘Wave’, ‘Supertunia’, ‘Cascade’ and ‘Surfinia’ series are some of the most popular petunias because most don’t need deadheading and they can be used as garden plants, ground covers or trailing in containers.‘Calibrachoa’ or ‘Million Bells’ look like tiny petunias, but they are actually an entirely different species. There are literally hundreds of named petunia varieties.