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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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New petunias - in a different style

Posted by Graham Rice on 09 Feb 2009 at 01:02 PM

Petunia 'Raspberry Blast'. Image: FarplantsI'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. Petunia 'Raspberry Blast'. Image: Proven WinnersThe 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.

Petunia - name this plant competition. Image: SuttonsToday'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.

The new, unnamed petunia is available only from Suttons

And that's it for petunias for a while  - unless something genuinely startling suddenly appears.



HilaryM said:

Hi!   My petunias have grown very well this year and I have four hanging planters up on the house wall that look lovely.  However, something is shredding the flower petals and I can't work out what it is.  First thoughts were slugs and snails, except I can't find any in the pots or on the wall around them.  Only the flower petals are being shredded, not the leaves or stems.  Only the pots on the wall seem to be affected - other tubs I have standing on decking are fine, even though I've found snails in the tubs and got rid of them.  It's a mystery to me!!  Any suggestions for a possible culprit?

on 16 Jul 2009 at 11:31 AM