Petunia Plant Features
Talk about variety! Petunias come in an almost unlimited assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes. From compact types with dime-sized blooms to trailing types that form massive 3-foot-tall mounds, there's a petunia to fit any garden situation. You can use petunias on their own in beds and borders or pack them into containers and baskets with other sun-loving bloomers. Trailing types can also be used as a colorful annual groundcover. In addition, many petunia varieties are delightfully fragrant. Hummingbirds and a plethora of pollinating insects will also flock to your garden to feast on the nectar-rich petunia blooms.
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Petunia Growing Instructions
Petunias thrive in an open spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. The plants like a loose, rich, slightly moist soil. If you are growing petunias in containers, plant them in a commercial potting soil mix. To grow petunias directly in a bed or border, be sure to add plenty of organic matter at planting time. Petunias have a tendency to get leggy and bloom less heavily in late summer. To counter this, shear the plants back by one third to encourage new growth and then fertilize them to give them a second wind. Although petunias don't like frost, they can tolerate cool temperatures and in warmer regions are best planted in the fall or late winter when the weather is cool.
Petunia is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Outside: Part sun
Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Medium water needs
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Petunia with these varieties:
Geranium and Petunia are a classic combination.
Mingle Angelonia with Petunia for a layered look of color.
The gray leaves of Dusty Miller provide a cool contrast to the hotter colors of some Petunia.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Petunia 'African Sunset'
This All-America Selections Award-winning variety shows off salmon-orange flowers on a vigorous plant that grows 1 foot tall and 3 feet wide.
Petunia 'Crazytunia Black Mamba'
One of the best-performing petunias we've trialed, Crazytunia Black Mamba was an absolute showstopper with its deep, rich flowers. It grows 20 inches tall and wide.
Petunia ‘Crazytunia Cherry Cheesecake’
Vigorous but compact Crazytunias are a favorite in summer containers. ‘Crazytunia Cherry Cheesecake’ offers a delicious swirl of red-and-white flowers. Enjoy non-stop color in hanging baskets and window boxes.
Petunia 'Crazytunia Razzmatazz'
With a name like Crazyunia Razzmatazz, you expect a showy flower -- and this variety delivers. The gorgeous burgundy-purple flowers are accented by pink and yellow stars at the center. It grows 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide.
Petunia ‘Crazytunia Red Blues’
One of the most vibrant red petunias, ‘Crazytunia Red Blues’ is a must-have for containers and hanging baskets. Crazytunias offer compact plants that can stand up to rain and sun.
Petunia ‘Easy Wave Burgundy Velour’
This spreading petunia features a velvety, rich Cabernet color that deepens at the throat. Very fast growing and vigorous, ‘Easy Wave Burgundy Velour’ grows 12 inches tall and 40 inches wide.
Petunia 'Easy Wave Pink Passion'
Easy Wave Pink Passion petunia is a vigorous variety that's ideal for adding a big shot of color to landscapes and container gardens. The soft pink flowers are accented by a deeper pink center. It grows 12 inches tall and 40 inches wide.
Petunia 'Easy Wave White'
A top-performing spreading petunia, Easy Wave white bears white flowers and thrives in garden beds, borders, and containers. It grows 12 inches tall and 42 inches wide.
Petunia 'Hells Fruit Punch'
One of the brightest-colored petunias we've seen, this top performer in our Florida Trial Garden bears intensely saturated orange-pink flowers all season long. It grows 8 inches tall and 16 inches wide.
Petunia 'Littletunia Indigo'
We have a soft spot for small-flowering petunias like Littletunia Indigo. This top-performer in our Trial Garden produces an amazing number of purple-blue flowers and bounces back fast after rainy weather. It grows 14 inches tall and wide.
Petunia 'Littletunia Red Fire'
Another top performer in our Trial Garden, Littletunia Red Fire bears outrageously red flowers, and lots of them, on a tidy plant that only grows about 14 inches tall and wide.
Petunia 'Moonlight Bay'
A stunning variety, Moonlight Bay petunia bears rich purple flowers ringed irregularly in an intriguing shade of creamy green. It grows 10 inches tall and 24 inches across.
Petunia 'Night Sky'
Though not as vigorous as other petunias we've tested, Night Sky is unique for its rich blue-purple blooms irregularly spotted with white. It grows 14 inches tall and 30 inches wide.
Petunia 'Peppy Cerise'
Peppy Cerise petunia shows off cerise-pink flowers marked with a white star. It thrives in container gardens, window boxes, and hanging baskets, growing about 18 inches tall and wide.
Petunia ‘Perfectunia Orange’
A beautiful mounding orange petunia, ‘Perfectunia Orange’ grows 8 to 12 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Use in landscapes and containers for a citrusy pop of color. ‘Perfectunia Orange’ attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, too.
Petunia 'Picobella Cascade Light Blue'
This charming variety offers soft, lavender-blue flowers that are a little smaller than other varieties, so they hold up better to inclement weather. It grows 10 inches tall and spreads or trails to 18 inches wide.
Petunia 'Potunia Hot Orange'
Looking for something different? Potunia Hot Orange is an eye-catching variety with almost true-orange flowers all summer long! It grows 12 inches tall and 16 inches wide.
Petunia ‘Potunia Purple’
Vibrant and intense, ‘Potunia Purple’ is ideal for containers and adding bold color to landscapes. Potunia varieties are said to need less water than other petunias. It grows 12 inches tall and 16 inches wide.
Petunia 'Pretty Grand Deep Pink'
Pretty Grand Deep Pink petunia is more compact than many others, making it a perfect pick for container gardens and hanging baskets. It grows 10 inches tall and wide.
Petunia ‘Saguna Purple with White’
Get a double dose of color with this large-flowered purple petunia edged in snowy white. The crisp edge makes this flower pop in the garden and containers. Saguna petunias have strong branching habits.
Petunia 'Success White'
Elegant in gardens, landscapes, and containers, Success White is a no-fuss spreading petunia with pure white blooms. It grows 12 inches tall and 30 inches wide.
Petunia ‘Success Pink’
A petunia that can do it all successfully: bedding, baskets, and window boxes. Success Pink petunias grows 12 inches tall and 32 inches wide and features luscious pink flowers.
Petunia 'Success Pink Vein'
Easy-growing and beautiful, Success Pink Vein is a great petunia if you're just starting out gardening. The rich pink flowers are showy and the plant doesn't require a lot of care to thrive. It grows 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide.
Petunia 'Success Violet'
A spreading petunia, Success Violet quickly fills out hanging baskets and container gardens, as well as landscape beds. It practically covers itself in violet-pink flowers and grows 12 inches tall and 30 inches wide.
Petunia 'Sun Spun Pink Ice'
Sun Spun Pink Ice petunia was a top performer in our trial garden, showing off especially large, clear pink blooms on tidy plants that grow 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. It's ideal for container gardens and window boxes.
Petunia 'Supertunia Pink Star Charm'
Supertunia Pink Star Charm petunia features a multitude of soft pink flowers that have a white star at the center, giving the plant a shimmery, three-dimensional look. It grows 12 inches tall and 30 inches wide.
Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Bubblegum’
Bubblegum pink, ‘Supertunia Vista Bubblegum’ is both mounding and spreading -- a real asset as a bedding plant or in a container. It grows 16 inches tall. ‘Supertunia Vista Bubblegum’ stands up to heat, too.
Petunia 'Supertunia Watermelon Charm'
Ideal for garden beds and borders, as well as containers (including hanging baskets) Supertunia Watermelon Charm petunia features massive numbers of small flowers all summer long. It spreads or trails to 24 inches.
Petunia 'Surfinia Bouquet Denim'
Surfinia Bouquet Denim is a mounding, easy-care petunia that features violet-blue flowers nonstop throughout the summer and fall. It grows 12 inches tall and 16 inches wide.
Petunia 'Surfinia Heavenly Blue'
Surfinia Heavenly Blue petunia offers lavender-blue flowers on a vigorous, spreading plant. Ideal for large container gardens or landscapes, it flowers nonstop, creating a carpet of color. It grows 8 inches tall and 48 inches wide.
Petunia 'Sweetunia Mystery Plus'
You might find it a little tricky to describe this interesting petunia; the creamy-white flowers have purple centers and are infused with shades of pink and purple. It grows 10 inches tall and 18 inches wide.
Petunia 'Sweetunia Orange Flash'
Bearing nearly true-orange flowers, this selection is a standout if you're looking for bold color. It grows 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide.
Petunia 'Tidal Wave Red Velour'
One of the most reliable petunias around, this All-America Selections winner offers rich, velvety-red flowers on a plant that can grow 24 inches tall and 60 inches wide!
Petunia 'Tidal Wave Silver'
Tidal Wave Silver is an impressive variety that can grow 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide, making it a perfect annual groundcover or even low hedge if planted closely together. It shows off light lavender flowers with a silvery sheen.