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2013 gardening trends

Tara Nolan

See what will be making a splash at garden centres, shops and nurseries this spring


Try calibrachoas in lieu of petunias
I have had a love-hate relationship with petunias. Every year I decide to try something new, but then I’m wooed by these delightful new colours. First black was such a novelty and last year I succumbed to a shade called pink lemonade. Then partway through the summer, they usually start to get leggy and thin, and I vow next year I’ll take better care to keep them full or avoid them altogether. This year, I will keep my eye out for ‘Superbells Lemon Slice’ and ‘Superbells Double Plum’. These aren’t delicious new petunia names, they are actually calibrachoas, a plant that botanists once thought were petunias, but they’re a different genus. Apparently the petals are not sticky like a petunia’s, and you don’t have to deadhead them. The ones shown here from Proven Winners are doubles, so they have even fuller petals, which I love.

image courtesy of Proven Winners


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