In the horticulture world, finding a true, pure colored flower variety can be difficult. For example, a flower may have the word “white” in its name but instead of being pure white it may have tinges of other colors. When designing the perfect container garden or bed, your whole design may hinge upon that perfect true shade of white. Here at Gardening Know How, we understand how upsetting it can be when your “white” petunias look a lot more yellow or pink than white. Continue reading to learn more about true white petunias for the garden.
Growing White Petunia Plants
Petunias are one of the most popular garden annuals. They can be used in beds, borders, containers and hanging basket. They’re low maintenance, heat tolerant and most varieties bloom from spring to fall. Petunias also attract helpful pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
In mild weather locations, petunias may even self-sow, providing an abundance of blooms year after year. Because of their vast color varieties, petunias are also excellent for seasonal/holiday displays, such as patriotic red, white and blue beds or pots. However, displays like these specifically require the blooms to be true to color.
Choosing White Petunias for the Garden
Naturally, the petunias you select will depend on the look you are going for and the other plants in the design. For example, if you are planting a border of white petunias in front of perennials such as coreopsis or black-eyed susan, you may find that petunias with yellow centers or veining look quite beautiful with these perennial flowers.
Likewise, if you are planting window boxes which will hang from a dark colored house, you may find that only true pure white petunias stand out the way you want them to. With that said, below are some common white petunia varieties and their attributes:
Easy Wave White – A true, pure white variety in the popular Wave Series, about 12 inches (30 cm.) tall and 42 inches (107 cm.) wide.
Crazytunia Cherry Cheesecake – White flowers with pink to red petal margins reaching 12 inches (30 cm.) tall and wide.
Success White – These white petunia flowers have yellow centers. Plants grow to 12 inches (30 cm.) tall and 32 inches (81 cm.) wide
Supertunia Pink Charm – Attractive white flowers with pink mid-veins that form a star.
Sweetunia Mystery Plus – Lovely cream to white petunia blooms with purple to pink veining and centers.
Capri White – Another white petunia with light yellow centers. The Capri Series is known as the most heat and cold tolerant petunia series.
Opera Supreme White – Pure white petunias on this early blooming plant, reaches 10 inches (25 cm.) tall.
Carpet Buttercream – Cream to white flowers with a light pink blush near petal tips.
Damask White – Pure white blooms on a compact plant, 8 inches (20 cm.) tall and 12 inches (30 cm.) wide.
Tritunia White – Pure white petunia flowers, 12 inches (30 cm.) tall and wide.
Mambo White – Large pure white petunia blooms growing about 8 inches (20 cm.) tall and 24 inches (61 cm.) wide.
Picnic White – Small pure white flowers reaching around 12 inches (30 cm.) tall and 24 inches (61 cm.) wide
Storm White – Pure white petunia flowers. 14” tall and 16” wide.
Shock Wave Coconut – White flowers with chartreuse centers and mid-veins, 8 inches (20 cm.) tall and 24 inches (61 cm.) wide.
Celebrity White – Pure white petunia reaching about 12 inches (30 cm.) tall and wide.
Limbo GP White – Pure white flowers with ruffled edges, 10 inches (25 cm.) tall and wide.