Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

It’s Flowering!

I work at a bedding and annuals nursery where we produce & finish millions of little plants. Petunias, marigolds, lobelia, impatiens, repeat. It’s a colorful experience. We grow flowers in almost every color; yellow, blue, purple, red, chartreuse, fuchsia, magenta, mauve and all the silly in between shades you can imagine. A few years ago they released a black petunia which as a novelty seemed pretty neat (actually a very dark purple, but still interesting.) As for 2016, the growers at Selecta have come up with something really amazing.

Petunia Night Sky is unlike any other petunia, or flower for that matter I have ever seen. I don’t know how you’d go about breeding such a strange looking flower but the plant nerd that stumbled upon this must have been pretty pleased with themselves. A white petunia that’s been dipped in blue ink. Reminds me of a nebula or an unraveling galaxy. Think a summer night sky after a full moon. The sky a dark blue with a cosmos of sparkling stars up above.

Each flower is unique and worthy of further observation. An interesting specimen for summer borders. I know you thought you’d never find a petunia your plant geek friends would like but here it is.

Easy to grow, good habit, incredible flowers.

Petunia Night Sky
Galaxy Petunia

A close look at petunia Night Sky

Petunia Night Sky

Look out for these cool plants appearing at garden centers everywhere in the very near future. So neat.

  • facebook Share on Facebook
  • stumble Share with Stumblers
  • twitter Tweet about it
  • rss Subscribe to the comments on this post

While checking on the downstairs plant lab the other day I noticed my Streptocarpus had started to flower. It’s an unlikely time of year for exotic blooms but I suppose it’s loving life under my new grow light setup. Native to South Africa, Streptocarpus is a relative to African Violets. I’m somewhat new to this genus of plants but so far it’s proven to be a tough, easy to grow specimen. The flowers are out of this world vibrant, almost iridescent.

A nice plant indeed. If anyone might know the species please get in touch.

  • facebook Share on Facebook
  • stumble Share with Stumblers
  • twitter Tweet about it
  • rss Subscribe to the comments on this post
Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.