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Surfinia Trailing Petunias from The Suntory® Collection
by Garden Media Group
May 18, 2014

Gardeners around the world are smiling about Surfinia Trailing petunias from The Suntory Collection. Available in a kaleidoscope of 20 colors that complement any landscape, Surfinia petunias are a garden party just waiting to happen.

"Surfinia petunias are the number one petunia choice in Europe - and for good reason," says Evelyn Alemanni, an award-winning gardener, designer and author. "An eager addition to the garden, Surfinia trailing petunias, such as the popular Surfinia Deep Red, bloom enthusiastically from spring through fall. And the cascading growth pattern makes them an ideal choice for all types of gardens ranging from hanging baskets and window boxes to in-ground and container gardens."

Pretty and Pretty Tough

For more than 20 years, gardeners have been enjoying the beauty and ease of Surfinia petunias. While the beauty speaks for itself, the ease comes from the low-maintenance they require. There's not a shrinking violet (or petunia, that is) in the bunch. These beauties are as tough as they are pretty.

"All varieties of Surfinia petunias have excellent weather tolerance and are disease resistant and self-cleaning," explains Alemanni. "Gardeners won't find a more hardy petunia in the marketplace." New 2014 Introductions Add to the Celebration of Happy Hues Gardeners' smiles are getting even wider this year with the introduction of Surfinia Trailing Heavenly Blue, Purple Majesty and Variegated Baby Purple.

Get ready for non-stop color. Heavenly Blue's striking bright blue color becomes more sky blue as the flowers open, creating a lovely multi-tonal effect from early spring through late fall. And in true Surfinia fashion, Heavenly Blue can thrive in either full sun or partial shade.

"Heavenly Blue is one of the most dazzling shades of blue gardeners will find," asserts Alemanni. "If gardeners are looking for a spot-on splash of sky in their garden, this is the one."

As an exceptionally fast grower - up to 4' in length from top to bottom over the course of the growing season, Heavenly Blue's wavy flowers look stunning in containers, baskets and garden beds.

Purple Majesty brings a bit of European royalty to the garden party with its deep purple hue and stately presence.

"Purple Majesty is an outstanding trailing companion in a hanging basket or window box containing red and yellow blooming plants," suggests Alemanni. With Purple Majesty, gardeners can expect about 5-7" in height with lavish 2-inch blooms on an 8' diameter spread. It blooms continuously from spring through fall.

Variegated Baby Purple has just what many gardeners are looking for in a single plant - colorful blooms and foliage.

"Variegated Baby Purple really packs a punch in one plant because it allows gardeners the option of using less plant material to get the same effect of having several plants in one container. And the smaller 1.5" purple blooms help showcase the striking yellow and green variegated leaves," claims Alemanni.

As all Surfinia petunias are self-cleaning, no dead-heading is required with Variegated Baby Purple to keep its bountiful look. Unlike other variegated varieties, Variegated Baby Purple leaves are sun tolerant and will hold their pattern in direct sunlight.

Keep Surfinia petunias adequately watered if planted in the ground, making sure not to overwater. In containers and window boxes, simply keep the soil evenly moist. Fertilize heavily with a high-nitrogen fertilizer containing iron. Apply the fertilizer weekly for container plantings and monthly for in-ground plantings. In addition to the Surfinia Trailing Collection, Suntory also offers Mounding, Summer Double and Bouquet Surfinia collections. For the story behind the Surfinia collection, click here.

Look for the line of Surfina petunias and other plants in the Suntory Collection at local garden retailers or online at Big Bad Flower.

About Suntory Flowers

Since the groundbreaking introduction of Surfinia, the first vegetatively propagated petunias, to the world markets, Suntory has led the way in bringing innovative new varieties to market. These include Million Bells calibrachoas, Tapien and Temari verbenas, Summer Wave torenias and more recently Sun Parasol mandevillas and Senetti pericallis. From Suntory's origins as a beverage company in Japan, the company's goal is to create new products that enrich people's lives. Suntory Flowers' message for consumers is "Kantan, Kirei, Jobu," which means "Easy to Grow, Gorgeous, Longevity" in Japanese. Suntory guarantees a plant's garden performance and offers consumers the chance to enjoy beautiful plants. Enjoy Suntory's "top-shelf" varieties.

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