By Norman Winter
The past couple of years, it seems one calibrachoa has been like a piece of heaven to the world of gardening and that is the Superbells Lemon Slice. This little petunia-like flower of iridescent yellow and white seems to make all companion flowers look better, and yet, as a monoculture plant, it can stand alone and make you crave it in your garden, too.
Calibrachoas have been out for years and the color combinations have been breathtaking beyond belief, which makes the simple design of Lemon Slice amazing when it comes to consumer love. It’s not just consumers, either; we are talking awards, pages of them, from Georgia to Massachusetts.
Lemon Slice stopped me in my tracks when I saw it at UGA Trials in Athens, Ga. in 2012. The fact it has won so many awards and still quickly sells out is a testament to both the beauty and perseverance of this little petunia relative of South American origin. It is packed with a season of enormous blooming potential.
While I have had good luck growing them in raised beds rich in organic matter, I have to admit that the most dazzling performances have come from them being grown in baskets, containers and window boxes. Put them against a purple or blue Supertunia and stand back with amazement. It’s a marriage that cries to be repeated throughout the country.
It seems like it was just yesterday that we all started out with Million Bells and now each seed company seems to have dozens of calibrachoas to choose from. Why so many, you might ask? The answer is quite simple. They bloom their hearts out for you, and the Superbells is among the best.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the March/April issue of LiveIt magazine.