I was perusing my latest “Fine Gardening” magazine (April 2011) when I came across a blurb on black petunias.
Developed by the Ball Horticultural Company, (who brought us the “Wave” petunias) the three varieties of black petunias are “Pinstripe” “Black Velvet” and “Phantom.” I can see these paired beautifully with very pale pink, yellow, white or chartreuse plants – or gold or silver or whatever strikes the gardener’s fancy.
I like the intriguing creative possibilities that these offer, and I will be anxious to get my hands on some. The Black Velvet is especially appealing to me because the petals look so soft, and almost beg to be touched.
I did some reading on black flowered plants, and it appears that gardeners either love them or detest them. It’ll be interesting to see how the public welcomes the new black petunias. My guess is they’ll sell like crazy.
I don’t know who’s going to be offering these plants. I expect Ball is doing a pretty good job selling growers on them right now. Hopefully we’ll be seeing them in our local nurseries at planting time. Oh, and these are also being marketed as cool plants for Halloween, so don’t be surprised if you see them for sale in the fall, too.