For decades, petunias have been a favorite annual for beds, borders and baskets. Petunias are available in all colors and, with just a little deadheading, most varieties will continue to bloom from spring to fall. Each year new varieties of petunias are introduced boasting improved colors and textures for the garden or containers. There are now even many true blue varieties of petunias available for any red, white and blue patriotic container display you can dream up or simply for addition to blue flower gardens. Let’s learn more about popular blue petunia cultivars to add to your garden.
Choosing Blue Petunias for the Garden
When choosing blue petunias, consider whether you absolutely need a true blue petunia variety or if a blue-purple type will suffice. In the horticulture world, color names and descriptions can be vague; blue is often used to describe plants with blue or purple blooms.
Unfortunately, these days with so many easy programs for editing and altering pictures, the blue coloration of many plants available online is often enhanced to look bluer than it really is.
Common Blue Petunia Varieties
Below are some of the best blue petunia varieties and their descriptions so you will know exactly what colors or variations to expect:
- Damask Blue – Produces true navy blue blooms with yellow stamens. This compact variety stays low to the ground but is an excellent spiller for containers.
- Frost Blue – Produces deep blue blooms with white ruffled edges.
- Fuseables Pleasantly Blue – Produces light blue to lavender colored, ruffled blooms with dark blue veining.
- Mambo Blue – Produces dark blue-indigo blooms on a compact plant.
- Bella Picotee Blue – Produces deep blue, indigo to purple blooms with white edges and yellow centers.
- Surfina Bouquet Denim – Produces blue to violet colored blooms on a compact plant.
- Capri Blue – Produces large deep blue blooms with dark blue veining.
- Carpet Blue Lace – Produces light blue to lavender blooms with dark blue mottling and veining.
- Carpet Blue – Produces solid deep blue to purple blooms.
- Hurrah Lavender Tie Dye – Produces blooms that start out lavender but turn a sky blue as they mature.
- Daddy Blue – Large, ruffled, light blue to lavender blooms with dark blue veining.
- Storm Deep Blue– Produces large navy blue and dark purple mottled blooms.
- Night Sky – This variety would make Van Gogh proud, producing deep blue to purple blooms with irregular white spots which truly look like stars hanging in a dark night sky.