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Adding a Pop of Color

This is one of my favorite times of year: time to add bright, colorful annuals the flower beds. Admittedly, I’m starting to get into perennials and flowering shrubs but annuals are a great way to brighten your flowerbeds and patio.

One of my favorites is double impatiens. I discovered them a few years ago while I was still living in my condo. I needed something that was shade or partial shade tolerant and would complement my hostas. The fact that they looked like miniature roses didn’t hurt their appeal either. (Remember, I’m a rose fanatic!) They are still a staple in the flowerbeds in front my house, which gets a lot shade.

Since my roses are now in their own bed (as opposed to squished in with the perennials), I now have room to add some annuals to my backyard.  And I know just what I want to add: Black Velvet Petunias. They are just cool! I found out about them while I was putting together information for Flowerland’s website on the different annuals we carry.  They looked amazing in the picture but I had to see for myself so I went out in the greenhouse to check them out. The petals are actually a purplish blackish color! I’ve seen the deep, royal purple petunias before but they are nothing like this. (There is also an equally cool “partner” called Phantom, which is the black base with a yellow star in the center.) And the best part – besides the cool color – is petunias in general are pretty easy to grow. They like lots of sun (got it!), soil that drains decently and they don’t mind the heat. Give them a thorough watering once a week plus a shot of liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks and they’re happy.

I can’t wait to see how the Black Velvet petunias look paired with my white Shasta Daisies and my Asters. Look out flowerbeds, here I come!

Talk to you soon!

Mary Gold

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