Best of the bunch
●● PETUNIA THE humble petunia may have lost favour in recent years thanks to the garish colours so often associated with it and the tendency of the flowers to turn into smelly, soggy masses in the pouring rain.
But for those who are looking for cheerful colours and excellent partners for other stalwart annuals, petunias definitely have a place in hanging baskets and containers.
For those on a budget, singlecoloured trailing varieties can fill up a hanging basket and, with regular feeding and deadheading, can last all summer.
Some, such as Petunia ‘Tumbelina’ and Surfinia ‘Blue Vein’, also provide delicious scent.
Grow them in full sun, water them daily in summer, deadhead and feed weekly and they should last until autumn.
And if you want subtle, you can have it.
There are white varieties such as the ‘Trailing Surfinia White’ and almost black hues such as ‘Black Velvet’.