‘Black Velvet’ is the latest petunia to hit garden centers and is sure to be a big hit among gardening enthusiasts this spring. This unique black petunia has great potential in the landscape as it looks spectacular mixed with white, yellow and pink colors. Use other colors of petunias or accent ‘Black Velvet’ with delicate flowers like gaura, ‘Snow Princess’ lobularia or euphorbia.
Not to be outdone, two other black petunia varieties add to the new series. ‘Phantom’ offers a yellow stripe giving a tiger-stripe pattern, perfect for Mizzou fans. ‘Pinstripe’ has a narrow white to light pink stripe which looks great with any pink, rose or purple accents.
All three varieties have medium-sized flowers and grow best in containers. With their upright mounding habit, they are a perfect component for hanging baskets and patio containers.
Petunias are somewhat cold tolerant, yet they take hot Missouri summers as well. Petunias are heavy feeders and need to be fertilized often for their best performance.
The world’s first truly black petunia, ‘Black Velvet’, is highlighted by the delicate flowers of euphorbia.
Common Name: Black Velvet Petunia
Botanical Name: Petunia x hybrid ‘Black Velvet’
Varieties: ‘Black Velvet’, ‘Phantom’, ‘Pinstripe’
Color: Black and very dark purple
Blooming Period: Spring through fall
Soil: Potting soil
Exposure: Full sun
When to Plant: March or April
Fertilizing: Feed two to three times per week with a soluble fertilizer
In Your Landscape: Plant petunias in hanging baskets and patio planters for best performance.
A version of this article appeared in print in Missouri Gardener Volume I Issue II. Photos Courtesy Ball Horticultural Company.