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Petunia replacement?

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Pat11-May-04 07:06 AM EST 5b   
Glen11-May-04 08:29 AM EST 7   
patsy21-May-04 06:34 PM EST 5   
dm23-May-04 09:24 AM EST 3   
Patricia27-May-04 06:13 AM EST 5   
Pat27-May-04 03:19 PM EST 5b   
Sarah Moldaver28-May-04 07:22 AM EST 3a   

Subject: Petunia replacement?
From: Pat
Zone: 5b
Date: 11-May-04 07:06 AM EST

What annual will be just as showey but does not need to be dead headed? This is in full sun and winds can be high at times. Thank you.

Subject: RE: Petunia replacement?
From: Glen
Zone: 7
Date: 11-May-04 08:29 AM EST

Pat--have you tried the wave petunias? We don't find they need any maintenance, and bloom till frost.


Subject: RE: Petunia replacement?
From: patsy
Zone: 5
Date: 21-May-04 06:34 PM EST

I started using dianthus wherever I want a lot of color - it comes back in the spring and I've never had any trouble from bugs or diseases. As far as deadheading, the plants are bushy enough that new blooms hide the old. I use red and pink together and they're really pretty. But you have to plant them closer together than it says on the tags.

Subject: RE: Petunia replacement?
From: dm
Zone: 3
Date: 23-May-04 09:24 AM EST

Another plant to consider is calibrachoa (million bells). The flowers look like miniature petunias, the colours are fantastic and there's no need to deadhead. It's one of my favourites.

Subject: RE: Petunia replacement?
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 27-May-04 06:13 AM EST

If you are planting in the ground, as opposed to hanging baskets, you could use these. Portulacas, amazing colours, lots of bloom! Nasturtiums, same thing and you can add them to your salads! Impatiens: great colour, no deadheading, but they prefer shade.

Subject: RE: Petunia replacement?
From: Pat
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-May-04 03:19 PM EST

Thanks for all the help. Pat

Subject: RE: Petunia replacement?
From: Sarah Moldaver (
Zone: 3a
Date: 28-May-04 07:22 AM EST

Last year I tried Nolana, aka Chilean Bell Flower, an annual recommended for hot dry & windy in Lois Hole's Annual Book. It was great! No deadheading, no fuss, lovely blue flowers in baking heat. Harder to find than petunias but worth it! - sarah

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