3 Steps to Creating the Wave® Garden of Your Dreams

Monday, April 5, 2021

Kelly Johnson
If you dream of having a full, lush, vibrant flower garden blooming with all kinds of Wave Petunias, here are the 3 main steps to turning that dream into a reality!
Plan Your Garden
The start to a beautiful garden is familiarizing yourself with the area you want to plant, taking note of light, moisture conditions and the topography (physical features of the landscape). Gardening books from your local library and online resources can be a big help to making your plan and choosing plants that will grow best in the sun or the shade. For your Wave Petunias, make sure your location gets at least 6 hours of sun.
You will need to know your area’s last and first frost dates, as this affects when you start seeds and will allow you to plant varieties that will grow into Fall. If you want to start from seeds, you’ll want to start about 4 to 6 weeks before the average last frost date. If you prefer to start with young plants, visit your nearest garden center as soon as Spring gets underway.
Choose Your Wave Faves
When thinking about a color scheme for your garden, consider the color wheel! Using contrasting colors adds the wonderful variance that grabs the eye and demands attention. To create this look, select colors opposite (or almost opposite) to each other on the color wheel, like yellows and violets, or reds and blues. On the other hand, using variations and different tones of the same color can make an impact that fits your style. With a wide range of colors to choose from, Wave will grow a beautiful carpet of color no matter what you pick!
In early Spring and Fall, plant Cool Wave Pansies for the first and latest garden color. Space pansies 12 in. apart in the garden.
For lasting late Spring and Summer color, wait until the chance of frost has passed, and space Wave and Easy Wave Petunias 12 to 24 in. apart in garden beds.
For large areas, Tidal Wave Petunias grow according to how you space them: spaced 12 in. apart, they form a dense hedge. Spaced a little farther apart – about 18 in. – they will grow beautifully in large beds.
Dig In!
You’ve researched and bought your plants, and now it’s time to get digging!
Adding organics or amending your soil with compost creates an ideal Wave root environment. The further they can work their way into the soil, the better fed and hydrated they will be. After digging your hole, a dose of slow-release or granular fertilizer will give your plants a head-start to vigorous growth. (Be sure to follow the dosage instructions on the label.)
When transplanting your Wave plants, maintain the same plant depth as the original pot or pack. Place it in the ground all the way up to its soil line. Pack it in nicely.
A regular routine of liquid fertilizer (about every 10-14 days) when you water will keep your vigorous Wave plants fed and happy.

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