June 10, 2018
Supertunias are very vigorous, with mounding and sprawling growth habits that are fantastic basket plants. But did you know they are great in the landscape? C’mon, let’s take a look. Today I’m visiting the LSU AgCenter Hammond Branch Station and the Dr. Allen Owings Sun Garden. Vista Bubblegum Supertunia was selected as a Mississippi Medallion winner and Louisiana Super Plant and it’s no wonder with its clear, bright pink flowers. This is one of the most vigorous selections growing greater than 3 foot by 3 foot. A fully grown Vista Bubblegum Supertunia can be truly stunning! One of my absolute favorite Supertunias is Pretty Much Picasso (I may have mentioned this in the past). The flowers are outstanding with their unique fuchsia petals and lime green edges that seem to blend into the foliage. Supertunia Vista Fuchsia is literally smothered in stunning bright fuchsia trumpet shaped flowers from spring through summer. Like all Supertunias, there may be occasional need to prune and tidy the plant up. Limoncello has soft yellow flowers giving the plant a light, cheerful look. Like the other Supertunias, it has a strong growth habit and is a great spreader. The secret to be successful growing Supertunias in-ground is to have good drainage. Even though there aren’t hard edges, you can see how the landscape beds are raised higher than the surrounding area to improve drainage. Whether used in baskets or as we’ve seen today, planted in the landscape, Supertunias will be good performers in Mississippi gardens. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.