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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

Green-edged petunias: Update and look ahead

Posted by Graham Rice on 21 Dec 2009 at 02:39 PM

Petunia 'Midnight Eclipse'. Image: SuttonsBack in February I mentioned a new petunia from Suttons that was needing a name.

Well, I just thought I'd mention that the winning entry in their competition to name the plant was  - ‘Moonlight Eclipse'.

The blue flowers have a very dark throat and are edged in green - a unique combination. And the flowers are carried not on vigorous trailing plants that get in the way but on plants with a neater, bushier habit of growth.

And here's another with a green edge, ‘Pretty Much Picasso'. With its startling combination of vivid magenta purple flowers with a green edge and a blue Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso' - 2010. Image: Suttonspurple throat it's another love-it-or-loathe-it variety. More upright in habit than many, it's said to be "self cleaning", that is the flowers don't need dead heading as they drop off naturally.

Petunia 'Moonlight Eclipse' is available from Suttons.

Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso' is not yet available in catalogues, as far as I can see, but may well be in a few garden centres next year. If I get any news I'll let you know.  

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