August 17, 2017

Big Wave

A basket of Purple Wave petunias draws the eye with its burst of color.

Pineo Photo | A basket of Purple Wave petunias draws the eye with its burst of color.

Petunia 'Purple Wave'

Janine Pineo Photo | Petunia 'Purple Wave'

Everything old is new again, or at least it can be when it gets an update as impressive as the Wave series of petunias. Petunias of yesteryear required much deadheading and pinching to keep those sparkling blooms coming, but with the Wave petunias, one has to do a lot less sticky-fingered deadheading to keep the plant generating color all season long. Pictured is Purple Wave, which is called the original groundcover petunia by Burpee. It was introduced in 1995 and nothing has been the same since for petunias. This plant works as a groundcover and in hanging baskets or windowboxes, throwing off copious amounts of flowers over the weeks. A single plant can reach 36 to 48 inches wide in a season, but grows just 7 inches tall, making it ideal for covering bare spots. The Wave sparked a number of other Waves, including the Tidal Wave and Shock Wave series. There’s also now Cool Wave, which spotlights pansies.