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Not Your Mother's Petunias

Most of us that had mothers or grandmothers who gardened probably remember old-fashioned petunias. Their fragrant, ruffled blooms in every imaginable color have long been a staple in flowerbeds. Now days, you can find petunias in just about any color or form you want, bi-colored, single flowered, double flowered, ruffled, mounding, spreading or spilling.

Petunias are a gardener’s dream, offering nonstop spring and summer blooms and are a perfect choice for just about any spot - full sun, bad soil, good soil, garden beds, slopes, window boxes, hanging baskets and containers. They are easy to grow and quickly overflow whatever space you give them. Every year there are more and more to pick from, making it even more difficult to choose. Here are a few of our favorites:

Picasso in Blue – covered in deep purple blooms edged with a chartreuse green border, this petunia is both heat and drought tolerant and requires no deadheading. Its mounding and trailing habit makes it the perfect choice for baskets, containers or in the landscape. Picasso in Blue does best in part to full sun conditions and reaches a height of 8-12 inches with a spread from 18-36 inches.

Honey – features a mélange of orange and yellow hues reminiscent of a sunset. This Supertunia is a vigorous grower with a slightly mounded habit that works perfectly as both a filler and spiller in containers or planted in mass in the landscape. This trailing variety is self-cleaning and does best in part to full sun. Honey reaches a height of 6-12 inches with a spread of 18-24 inches.

Latte – boast medium to large blooms in sliver-white with brown to purple veining. Like Picasso in Blue and Honey, this petunia is a robust grower with a mounded habit, ideal for containers or planted in the landscape. Latte requires no deadheading, is heat and drought tolerant and prefers part to full sun. This Supertunia reaches a height of 6-12 inches and a spread of 18-24 inches.

Be sure to celebrate spring with us at the annual, Petunia Party,
Friday – Sunday, April 15-17
, at all McDonald locations. These beckoning beauties are prime for pickin’ with oodles of choices, featuring old standbys as well as trending tints. Whether you’re thing is hanging baskets or combination planters (or both!) we have generous discounts on our already competitive pricing. Cue the glitter- the Petunia Party is here