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Add color to your garden with petunias

It's one of those eyesores we can all relate to—sun-scorched dry patches around your yard. But there is a great solution—petunias.

Los Angeles-based landscape designer Brent Green says petunias thrive in heat and can turn a brown hotspot into a kaleidoscope of color.

Green describes that "Petunias will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Typically, this 8-pack of petunias will cover an area of about 3-to-4 feet in a planting bed. They will spread in a couple of months and join in and you won't see any earth between them. And they will just bloom continuously."

Brent says one of the easiest petunias to grow is the "grandiflora."

"Grandiflora petunia is a large flowering petunia that is probably the most widely used of petunias. They require a deep soaking periodically. I would say on a given week in a warm climate you'd probably want to water them three times a week. As long as they get a nice full sun position, they will bloom continuously from spring until frost," says Green. 

Brent recommends "deadheading" your petunias to boost their blooms.

"Deadheading is when you remove the spent blooms and that allows the energy to go to producing new blooms. Thereby you get tons of flowers continuously. They require a deep soaking periodically. I would say on a given week in a warm climate you'd probably want to water them three times a week," explains Green. 

So if you're considering petunias, remember that they are hearty flowers that love heat and sun, they grow best with regular watering, at least three times a week, and "deadheading" the old blooms helps increase the new ones.

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