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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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’.

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