The full list of Prairie Star plants for use in landscapes and containers can be viewed at our sister website, or downloaded from the KSRE Bookstore.
There are SO MANY different Petunia colors to choose from, it can be overwhelming! For this year we have a mere seven new additions, which seems much more manageable. If you like the smaller-flowering types, 'Supertunia Morning Glory Charm' is a must. The plants are vigorous but will keep a nice round shape instead of spreading out haphazardly. They are covered with petite blue flowers.
Also on the more compact side, 'Success' Petunias have done well for us, with the Pink and White colors being added to our Prairie Star list. These are seed propagated varieties for all you gardeners who like to start your own plants!
Many gardeners went wild for the petunia 'Supertunia Pretty Much Picasso' a few years ago, and now there's another color, 'Picasso in Pink.' This cultivar did very well in the containers, cascading all the way to the ground and displayed unique pink flowers with chartreuse edges.
One of the most breathtaking container displays from the last two years has been Calibrachoa 'Aloha Tiki Neon.' The blooms are large and abundant and really are close to neon (but in a pleasant way)! It was easy to spot this container from across the parking lot. 'Cabaret White' was one of the best performing Calibrachoa cultivars in terms of growth and flower presentation, and a unique new color in the trials was Calibrachoa 'Conga Orange.'
For shadier areas we now recommend two New Guinea Impatiens in the Divine series - 'Orange' and 'Orange Bronze Leaf.' These cultivars were tough enough to keep blooming through the hot Kansas summers.