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This lovely, fragrant petunia is the memory of my childhood. They used to be called, in the city, "alley petunias," because they grew wild, everywhere. My mom had them in her back garden. They were so fragrant, even the dog sniffed them when she was in the yard. The blooms range from white, to pink, to light and very dark violet. The fragrance is heavenly, and at night, intoxicating. They hold onto life in drought, excessive heat, and continue to bloom into the winters, here in zone 7. The seeds sow themselves and overwinter, come back in the spring, and fragrance the nighttime. I have a photo of one last petunia, in January, happily blooming in my balcony window box, during a winter snowstorm. These are tough ladies, and a five-star should be a six.
This is a superstar among flowers. It is wonderfully fragrant, tough, (drought tolerant, and cold tolerant. I have a photo of a lone petunia, still blooming in my 15th-floor balcony window box, during a January snowstorm in Maryland). It will reseed furiously, but I don't mind. Hummingbirds love them, and they will bloom early, and retire late. (See above). Sometimes, they don't retire at all. Their colors range from white to deep purple, but the nighttime fragrance is perfume heaven.
Of all the flowers I grow from seed Balcony petunias are my one non-negotiable must have every year. They can be depended on each and every year, produce clouds of beautiful blooms and of course fragrance!! I mix plantings of them at the front of my house with more modern petunias so there is always fragrance by the door!! I actually filled a window box one year with "volunteers" that I found self sown in the cracks in my drive way!! They were beautiful!! I can always depend on these.