Annual. Early start indoors recommended.
Balcony Mix Petunia
This old petunia was popular with gardeners throughout much of the first part of the 20th century, but has nearly been lost to cultivation because of seed companies’ interests in selling newer varieties. This variety has delightfully fragrant blooms in shades of rose, lavender and purple. Trailing plants are perfect for adding color and fragrance to window boxes and hanging baskets. Edible flowers are fun in salads.
Wild Violet Petunia
A native wildflower of South America with fascinating history. The low-growing, heat-tolerant Petunia violacea is floriferous and easy to grow, blooming all summer long. Native to the Ecuador highlands, this plant was traditionally used as a hallucinogenic, with reported sensations of flying or floating. Because the chemicals have not been widely studied, we recommend against ingesting or experimenting with it. We do, however, love it as a versatile bedding or container plant.