Monday, May 9, 2011

Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks: Petunias

Despite what seemed like a winter that would never end, we are now safely into the planting season.  Annuals (plants that only live one year/season) are an easy way to give your yard quick, long-lasting color.  Petunias are one very popular annual, and for good reason:  they produce lots of blooms and come in many colors.

The only thing I don’t like about them is the dead-heading.  Some annuals, including petunias, require that you frequently pinch off spent blooms in order to prevent the plant from going to seed and to keep them blooming until the first frost.  While not difficult, it needs to be done almost every day, and personally, I don’t like the smell or the stickiness this chore leaves on my fingers.

Last year I tried Wave Petunias, a variety that needs no dead-heading, and they were awesome!  Virtually no maintenance required other than watering.  A few times I did need to trim the whole plant back to keep them from getting too leggy, but that’s all.

Wave Petunias come in many colors and several different varieties with various growing habits (for pots, or borders, for example).  If you’re looking for some easy color for your yard, give them a try!

(This is not a sponsored post.  Also, I couldn’t find any photos of my pots last year, so this photo is from the Wave website.)

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Pine Tree Home said...

Hubs and love WAVE petunias. We plant them every year in abundance.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Looooove me some petunias!! I have pink ones outside right now. :)

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

My go to flower are vincas! They have been so hardy in Texas and here in VA. I'll have to pick me up a wave petunia for our back porch. Thanks for the tip, Holly!

The Cannary's said...

I love any flowering bush that is xeriscaping - low water and maintenance which will be a must in Austin this's my tip (sorry, no pic or post) We had to run out of the door fast on Monday but I wanted the boys to have a hearty b'fast. I threw canned biscuits and some freezer sausage patties on the cookie sheet, zapped it in the oven, then went and got dressed. 11 minutes later I assembled sausage biscuit sammies on the go - so good. And they ate all of them!