Pretty and perky, ruffled and plain, in a colour range of white, rose, bright pink, red, lilac, purple and lemon, as well as bi-coloured or veined, petunias spill from hanging baskets, brighten dull borders, and liven up patio plantings. Try purple petunias with deep red dianthus, lemon petunias with lime-green nicotiana, and lipstick-pink petunias with grey lavenders.


Petunia flowers are easily damaged by rain, so do best in summer in the winter rainfall region, and in autumn and winter in the eastern part of South Africa. However, in summer rainfall regions, plant them in containers on patios where they can receive good sunlight but be protected from rain showers.

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