The popularity of Petunia as a garden annual continues to grow and grow, and in particular the trailing Petunia is the undisputed trend-setter of recent seasons. Last year, Petunia Wave Lavender was awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal for its exciting new colour in the renowned Wave series, and this year Wave Blue has achieved the same feat. The Fleuroselect judges raved about the brilliant blue colour, unique in seed-raised spreading Petunia, and also praised its all-over flowering habit and improved weather tolerance. The Wave rolls on with Wave Blue!
Wave Blue is also the recipient of the All-America Selections award for performance in North American trials.
Petunia belongs to the family of Solanaceae, and has its origins in Argentina, Southern Brazil and Uruguay. Although Petunias were introduced to Europe many years ago, they are indisputably the trend product of recent times. This classic garden favourite has over the last few years enjoyed a marked increase in popularity, and Petunias are currently available in a wide variety of shapes, colours and sizes. One of the most popular types of Petunia is the spreading or hanging Petunia, and in this category the 'Wave' series has been immensely successful. This spreading Petunia is easy to grow, and gives outstanding performance in hanging baskets, pots, window boxes, garden beds or anywhere else where it is planted, producing masses of flowers along the cascading branches. In the garden, a single plant can quickly spread up to 1.2m in just a few weeks, making it excellent ground cover. This series flowers freely all season, keeping an attractive round form with flowers all over the plant. In addition, gardeners will be pleasantly surprised by its weather tolerance, since this was a common disadvantage of Petunias in the past. Gardeners who already know the Wave series, and who were impressed with the 2002 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner 'Wave Lavender', will be delighted by this new variety, which reflects the latest trend of the moment with its stunning blue colour, unique in seed raised spreading Petunia. Blue is the 'number one' colour for the coming season, and the Number One Petunia will be 'Wave Blue'!