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Winter Hardy Petunias (Wintunias)

Posted by echinaceamaniac 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 7, 09 at 12:28

Have any of you grown these? They promise to be basically a perennial petunia. They don't look exactly like a petunia, but these would be awesome if they do return each year...

http://www.gardeningdirect.co.uk/Wintunia-NEW/XF192,default,pd.html

I want some but they are sold out and it looks like they are only available in Europe.


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RE: Winter Hardy Petunias (Wintunias)

They may be hardy in "European" winters, but I doubt they are hardy here in the states with our winters. I'd like to know more about them. The website doesn't say how hardy they are.


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RE: Winter Hardy Petunias (Wintunias)

  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 9, 09 at 19:45

All the web sites/photos seem to be from the same marketer. I found this interesting article about them by Graham Rice of the RHS.
Remy

Here is a link that might be useful: Wintunia Article


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RE: Winter Hardy Petunias (Wintunias)

I'm entirely willing to wait until these plants have proven themselves through a few actual winters (and not just the ones in Great Britain or coastal U.S.) and hot summers and then think about how badly I want/need a perennial petunia when there are hordes of cheap annual ones in every color and style imaginable (and which I hardly ever grow anyway).

After the Coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby' debacle (in which a variety supposedly hardy to zone 4 proved unreliable anywhere above zone 7) I think a lot of gardeners will be wary about forking over significant amounts of money for dubiously hardy perennials.


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