I've featured petunias twice over the last month or so, and a couple of people have been in touch about some other new petunias they've seen in catalogues. Both are striking new bicolours - one will be widely available, the other is an exclusive to Suttons. Both are the first of their kind.
‘Raspberry Blast' is the first in this dramatic colour combination, the deep cerise flowers striped broadly in pale rose pink. It originated in Japan and features a Brazilian plant with tri-coloured red, pink and white flowers in its parentage. The flowers are relatively small, but the plants are very prolific, and as well as being a fine basket plant it scrambled attractively in borders. There have been, often unstable, sometimes rather garish, white striped forms before but this is the first more subtle form.
Today's other bicoloured petunia doesn't yet have a name. With blue flowers edged in green, and a very dark throat, the flowers are carried not on vigorous trailing but on plants with a neater, neater, bushier habit. Customers of Suttons who buy plants can enter a competition to name this new variety. This is a love-it-or-hate-it colour combination, let me know what you think.
Petunia ‘Raspberry Blast' will be available in good garden centres in the spring. You can also order plants now from Dobies, Elm House, Gardening Direct, Mr Fothergiils, Suttons, Thompson & Morgan