My PMPs, still a bit traumatized by shipping.
What do you all think, now that they’re on the nursery shelves? I just received some of these from Proven Winners (as many garden writers have) and I’ve spoken to other gardeners who have recently planted them. No naysayers yet. The grower industry seems excited:
“Just when you thought you had seen every form of petunia available, something new comes along: ‘Pretty Much Picasso,’” says Greenhouse Grower. They then note that the plant is the product of traditional breeding, not genetic modification. These plants were among the showstoppers of the 2009 pack trials.
Images of this petunia have been all over the interwebs for months now, and I have to say it does look cool. It combines in one flower a favorite mixed container planting—purple petunias with chartreuse sweet potato vine. I’m trying it alone this year, just to see how it looks by itself—it is purported to be quite vigorous. We’ll see. (For me, a lot of petunias run right out of steam midsummer, when I need them most.)
I’ve always liked petunias, regardless of their ubiquity. Their frilliness is pretty, and once upon a time, many petunias had a lovely fragrance. This, however, has been bred out of almost all of the new varieties. You can still find some old-fashioned scented petunias—they are often white and larger than usual. They are not as floriferous, and not quite as “self-cleaning” but a pot of them can scent an entire garden, especially at night.