Although I am very partial to my 'OF Vining', I would have to say that so far the 'Surfinia Blue Veined' is the sweetest I have tried. I got it as a plant last year and while it perfumed everything around, the plant was sickly and died before the Summer was thru. I am getting another one this yearr to try it again.
Tried to link to a pic but it didn't work :( will find another as they aren't in the PF here.
Can't get the links to work- sorry!
http://www.flowerscentgardens.com/petunia.htm This site is highly rec. by Dave's members - here's the Petunia he has listed...although there might be a delay in shipping as he's had a recent death in his family. You can buy these as plants or seeds on his site.
Thanks chantell! Believe it or not, I had just now remembered[having a bad memory day it seems] that Glen had a pic of it on his site and I was going to link to it when I saw you had already did it. Great minds think alike- lol!!
In case anyone is interested, here's a list of petunias that are reputed to be fragrant:
Midnight Dreams[ AKA Dreams Midnight]
Old-Fashioned Vining/ Kentucky Old-Fashioned [IMO, the same plant]
Blue Spark Cascadia
Strawberry [not sure this name is correct]
Sugar [not sure this name is correct]
Purple Pirouette Hybrid
Red Pirouette Hybrid
Series: note: not all cultivars are fragrant
English Ladies Series
Frills & Spills Series
That's all I have time for now- LOL! Please everyone feel free to add more.
noticed none of the replies for fragrant petunias were in the north--since i'm in new jersey, do you think i will be able to find any of those listed? one year i was able to get the most delicious smelling petunias, went back the next year to the same place, couldn't find them &asked someone there, and they told me there was no such thing! i told them i had bought some there, and they gave me a look that said i had a good imagination. any help would be appreciated, thanks
Do you recall the name of the petunias you bought that smelled good? I haven't seen any of the one's listed above at my local stores. I did buy some seeds to start my own. That's probably the best way to go if you want a particular kind. This is my first year starting from seed. I didn't start early enough, I guess, because mine are just small sprouts now. Next year, I'll have to start in January LOL!
Well, I've got my petunias started for this year...although I probably should've started them sooner. I ordered seeds from Flower Scent Gardens, but due to family illness/death, I've yet to get the seeds...so they'll be wonderful next year! Thanks to berrygirl, I'll have some wonderful pets for this year, too!
Just a little FYI for next year: Petunias are GREAT candidates for winter sowing! I just sprinkle the seeds on top of regular potting soil [that I have placed in a labeled container] and forget about them. Come Spring I have TONS of babies. I actually have much more success growing them this way than I do when I sow in the Spring.
J.L. Hudson carries the Old Fashioned Vining Petunia, and if you haven't ordered form that company, you should try it. 100 percent satisfaction (check Garden Watchdog) and $1.00 shipping, Safe Seed Pledge, etc. I've had excellent results from them. Many many hard to find seeds.
I just ordered other types of seeds from JLHudson, and they arrived in Ohio from CA in 2 days! And they do have a huge variety! The other places I like to order from are Select Seeds, Swallowtail Garden Seeds (best deal on Moon Flower Vine seeds), Value Seeds (Thompson & Morgan discount site) and Alchemy Works. Each has certain types of seeds that are hard to find elsewhere.
I'm always open to new pets (or any plant for that matter) that smells good LOL! I like to keep certain plants in the back of my mind for when I'm checking out plant sales. Oh, I'm so glad that warm sunny weather is returning :~)
Petunias are some pretty amazing little plants. When I was little I used to watch the hummingbird moths visit the blossoms in the evening, that is until the mosquitos drove me away. And I will always remember the heady fragrance they emitted on humid summer evenings. I hope to relive some of these memories this summer with my old-fashioned vining petunias, though now sans mosquitos! :-)
I find that to be true, too, gardenerme. However, on top of being fragrant, I like a pet that can hold up under heavy rain. And reblooms well after being cut back. Not too much to ask, right LOL? (Excuse me if what I say today doesn't make sense...rough day today...death in the family...my oldest, most ornery cat past away quickly and unexpectedly).
I recently received an order from Flower Scent Gardens (sadly closing this year) which contained 'White Eclipse' and 'Rose-Purple Vine' petunias. The fragrance on both is incredibly heady and wonderful. Last night, I could jsmell ust two open blooms on the 'White Eclipse' from at least 5 feet away, and it was not even that warm or humid. All of my windowboxes and hanging baskets this year have been planted with these two petunia varieties along with the 'Old-Fashioned Vining' petunias that I started from seed myself. I can't wait to see how they will turn out!
I'm waiting for an order from Flower Scent Gardens, too. I didn't order pets, as I still have seeds I bought from him last year (I'm using them this year). I really sorry to see that business close down :~( But, I guess I can understand that he wants to start a new chapter in his life.
Has anyone close to my zone had luck with their pets reseeding and coming up the next year?
The ones of his I planted last year from seed - did reseed themselves. The hanging basket they were in (I left it out over the winter even) is full of green leaves right now. I also gathered quite a bit of them last fall. I'd ordered the purple ones from him.
I came across this old thread and wanted to add to it. I've had wonderful experiences with many fragrant pets since these postings. My favorites are Laura Bush, Laura Bush Pink, Rainmaster, Balcony Mix, Old Fashioned Vining, White Eclipse. I love that they reseed, which means most of my pets that come back on their own are crosses of all of the above. Petunias have definitely made my list of "need to have" plants because they're easy and smell fantastic. If anyone wants to add any new fragrant pets, I love to hear about them!
Funny you "brought" this thread back...was at my local Ace Hardware...trying to figure out the source of a wonderful scent...was actually a WAVE petunia of all things - creamy white/yellowish eye...and scented right smack in the middle of the day to boot!!
Funny you mentioned it, I picked up my taxes on the 14th and to cheer up, walked across the street to the local Ace hdwe. Their sidewalks are covered with plants. An elusive fragrance caught my attention and I dropped to my hands and knees sniffing till I found it! (not a pretty sight on main st. ~ LOL) This was a dark purple vining petunia loaded with blooms. Of course it is now mine! I put it in the truck and swooned at the fragrance at going home time. The odor was exquisite...