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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

Petunia 'Belinda': New from Mr Fothergill

Posted by Graham Rice on 14 Jan 2012 at 10:18 AM

Petunia 'Belinda' - new double blue petunia. Image ©David KerleyTucked away behind a tall hedge in a village near Cambridge is the nursery that produces the best of all double flowering petunias. And now they’ve produced another.

The first of the Tumbelina double petunias, Priscilla, with its purple-veined lavender flowers, set the standard for neat and bushy habit, consistently double flowers and good fragrance. Now comes number seventeen – Belinda, with deep blue flowers.

Tumbling rather than trailing in vertical sheets, as you can see from the picture (click to enlarge) the rich velvety blue double flowers are carried on plants which billow out of the basket without trailing so low that your head hits them as you walk by.

“It's taken a long time to get a good blue colour in Tumbelina, far longer than I expected,” breeder David Kerley told me. “It keeps its doubleness through the season, it’s very early to flower and it's somewhat fragrant, though not perhaps as fragrant as ‘Priscilla’ or ‘Joanna’. The downside: it needs good conditions to really thrive.”

So plant Belinda in fresh compost – as you always should – keep it consistently moist and feed regularly.

Back in 2009 I wrote about some earlier Tumbelina petunias, I also wrote about David Kerley’s bicoloured petunias and also about his impressive single flowered petunias.

You can order plants of Petunia Belinda from Mr Fothergill.

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