17 Purple Petunia Varieties For Your Flowerbeds

Looking for some purple petunias to plant this season, but aren't sure which you should choose? There are many different types of purple petunias that grow across many different hardiness zones. In this article, gardening expert Paige Foley walks through her favorite purple petunias you can plant in your flowerbeds this season!

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Petunias are a classic perennial or annual and a gardening favorite among many. Their colorful blooms with lasting color make them a gardening favorite. With proper sunlight and water, petunias will not disappoint.

Petunias are technically perennials but in most hardiness zones they are annuals. In zones 10 and 11, petunias will bloom all year long for a number of years. If you live in zones 2 to 9, petunias will only survive from spring to the first frost.

With so many varieties of petunias, how do you even begin to choose? Purple is a classic and regal color that looks amazing in landscapes, flower beds or hanging baskets. You have choices from cascading varieties to varieties that are compact and keep a mounding form.

You’ve decided to grow purple petunias but have no idea what varieties are available. In this article, we are going to discuss only a small number of purple petunias on the market.  Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options you can grow in your garden.

‘Royal Velvet’

Close-up of a flowering petunia bush against a blurred green background. The flowers are medium-sized, funnel-shaped, composed of five fused petals with a darker throat. The foliage is dense, light green in color, sessile, oval in shape with smooth edges.
‘Royal Velvet’ produces delightful blue-purple flowers with a dark throat.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Royal Velvet’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10”-12”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

Step aside as royalty enters your garden. These regal petunias are a beautiful blue-purple with almost black throats. These blooms will resist fading even as the blooms are spent. They aren’t a very tall variety but can cover up to 24 inches in diameter.

A great feature of this variety is its ability to self-clean. This means as the flowers are spent, they will naturally fall from the stem. You will not have to spend hours deadheading in the garden.

‘Ultra Violet’

Close-up of a blooming petunia x hybrida 'Ultra Violet' flower against a background of petunias in bloom. The flower is large, open, funnel-shaped, consists of 5 fused purple petals with bright pink stripes forming a star-shaped pattern.
‘This is a unique cultivar that produces beautiful flowers with a thin pink border and a bright purple star pattern.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Ultra Violet’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 18”-24”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

Ultra Violet is a unique petunia with a thin pink edge and a vibrant violet star pattern. This variety is multi-branching and fast growing. It will not get leggy as it grows so you won’t have to spend time pruning.

 A strong variety that can handle even the hottest days. May require more watering if your region is experiencing warmer temperatures for extended periods of time. Plant in a hanging basket or window box for vibrant color all season long.

‘Night Sky’

Close-up of many blooming 'Night Sky' petunias against green foliage. Violet-blue large funnel-shaped flowers with white splashes on fused petals. The flowers have a dark purple throat from which the stamens are visible. The leaves are green, oval, and slightly hairy.
‘Night Sky’ blooms with stunning purple-blue flowers with white splashes on the petals.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Night Sky’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 14”-16”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

This absolutely stunning variety is sure to make heads turn. The name says it all for this variety and looks like a starry night sky. No two blooms will look the same. With splatters of white on purple-blue petals, this petunia will have you mesmerized.

A compact, vigorous variety with continuous blooming from spring to fall. The pattern on the blooms will change based on the temperature. If temperatures are cooler, you can expect to see more white speckles. And if temperatures are warmer, the flowers will be a more vibrant purple with fewer white spots.

‘Bordeaux’

Close-up of many blooming 'Bordeaux' petunias against a blurred background of light green foliage. Delicate funnel-shaped flowers have 5 fused petals with slightly wavy edges, a dark purple throat and thin veins on the petals. Stems and leaves are hairy.
‘Bordeaux’ is a fast-growing petunia cultivar that produces pale purple flowers with a dark center and veins.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Bordeaux’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 18”-20”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

Looking for a petunia that has a few shades of purple in a single bloom? Look no further than Bordeaux! With a deep purple center and veining, this petunia will stand out from the rest. A quick grower that won’t get leggy as the summer goes on.

Perfect for the front of flower beds or in hanging containers as a filler and spiller. It won’t overpower companion plants in containers. Good options for companion plants are snapdragons, silvia and daisies.

‘Double Velvet Midnight’

Side view, close-up of a 'Double Velvet Midnight' petunia flower against a blurred background of blooming petunias and green foliage. The flower is large, double, consists of many wavy petals arranged in several layers completely covering the center of the flower.
‘Double Velvet Midnight’ is a delightful double deep purple flower that makes a great addition to your container garden.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Double Velvet Midnight’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8”-10”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

Did you know petunias come in double blooms? The options are endless when it comes to petunias. This frilly, deep purple bloom is excellent for cascading over containers or covering the ground of your landscaping.

Pruning is a good habit to get into when growing petunias. Pruning will help your petunias produce more blooms and grow fuller, bushier plants.

‘Mini Vista Indigo’

Close-up of gorgeous blooming 'Mini Vista Indigo' petunia flowers against a blurred leafy background. Delicate blue-violet small flowers, funnel-shaped, consist of 5 almost fused petals with fringed edges. Dark veins and an even darker purple throat stand out on the delicate flower.
‘Mini Vista Indigo’ produces delightful blue-purple flowers with darker colored veins and throats.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Mini Vista Indigo’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 18”-24”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

These dainty blue-purple flowers may be small but what they lack in size, they make up for in numbers. With numerous blooms all season, this petunia will always be full and bright. The delicate blooms stand out with darker colored veins and even darker eyes.

If your plant is beginning to slow and produce fewer blooms. It may be time for a trim. Clip legger stems and deadhead faded blooms and within a week your petunia will begin to produce more blooms.

‘Lavender Sky’

Close-up of three blooming flowers of 'Lavender Sky' Petunia against a blurred background of green leaves. The leaves are oval, narrowed towards the ends, with smooth edges. The flowers are large, funnel-shaped, soft lavender in color with light throats, have five fused petals.
‘Lavender Sky’ is a creeping petunia variety with lavender-blue flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Lavender Sky’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10”-12”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

A beautiful trailing variety with lavender to blue blooms that grow on the ends and centers of the stems. This will keep the plant looking full month after month. Wave Ⓡ varieties of petunias are known for spreading and blanketing an area rather quickly. 

Plant alone or with taller plants as they can cover and overpower lower growing plants. If you are looking to cover an area with continuous blooms. Trailing varieties are a great option!

‘Tie Dye Purple’

Close-up of dark purple 'Tie Dye Purple' against a blur of light green foliage in a sunny garden. Funnel-shaped flowers, consist of 5 fused petals of a rich color with chaotic white spots, somewhere more, somewhere less. The leaves are small, oval, slightly hairy like their stems.
This gorgeous petunia cultivar produces unique flowers ranging from purple to pale lilac and even bicolor.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Tie Dye Purple’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 24”-36”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

A unique petunia that can develop violet to lavender and even bicolor flowers. An excellent option to add some dimension to a hanging basket or container. This variety is a trailing type and will quickly cover the area they are planted in.

An excellent option in hanging baskets or tall pots to cascade over the edge. No bloom is the same and you can see a variation of purple hues. Great for the gardener who is looking for a petunia that won’t be the same as anyone elses petunias.

‘Lilac Ice’

Close-up of many blooming flowers of 'Lilac Ice' petunia surrounded by pale green, small, oval, hairy leaves growing on thin, hairy stems. The flowers are funnel-shaped, consisting of 5 fused silver-white petals with deep purple veins and dark colored throats.
‘Lilac Ice’ produces gorgeous silvery white flowers with lilac veins.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Lilac Ice’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 36”-48”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

Looking for a variety that spreads and you never have to deadhead? Look no further than lilac ice petunias. These gorgeous petunias produce a silvery-white bloom with deep lilac colored veins with a dark purple center.

This variety was bred specifically for baskets and other vertical settings. They can trail up to 3 to 4 feet long. Like most petunias, they are heavy feeders that benefit from weekly fertilizer. Choose a fertilizer that works best for you and that will give your petunias proper nutrients.

‘Pirouette Double Purple’

Close-up of a blooming petunia ‘Pirouette Double Purple’ against a background of branchy green foliage. A large double flower consisting of densely growing petals with white outer edges. The edges of the petals are frilled.
‘Pirouette Double Purple’ is a delightful double petunia that produces large flowers with white outer edges.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Pirouette Double Purple’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 13”-15”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

Another unique double variety that produces a double bloom with white outer edges and purple centers. The blooms can get anywhere from 3 to 4 inches wide. The petunia has a tendency to stay in tight mounds that only get about 12 inches wide when mature.

So impressive that it won an All-American Selection award and is sure to impress in your flowerbed or container. If planting in containers, ensure there are proper drainage holes to avoid soggy soils. Potted petunias may need more frequent watering then petunias planted directly into the ground.

‘Evening Scentsation’

Close-up of a blooming 'Evening Scentsation' petunia against a blurred background in a summer garden. The flower is funnel-shaped, open, large, consists of 5 fused petals and a light throat.
‘Evening Scentsation’ produces fragrant flowers from spring to late autumn.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Evening Scentsation’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 36”- 48”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

Sweet notes of honey, rose and hyacinth arise from this variety’s indigo purple blooms. You can enjoy this sweet fragrance all day long but in late afternoon and even, the perfume intensifies. This makes them a great addition on a balcony, steps or window boxes.

Blooms will open from spring to late fall in most climates. You can expect the blooms to get about 2 to 2 ½ inches wide. Their growing habit is mounding and spreading so you can have the benefits of a compact trailing variety.

‘Tidal Wave Purple’

Close-up of bright deep pink 'Tidal Wave Purple' petunia flowers surrounded by bright green branched leaves. The flowers are tubular, large, and consist of 5 fused bright petals and dark throats. The leaves are bright green, oval with smooth edges, and slightly hairy.
‘Tidal Wave Purple’ is a unique type of petunia that produces delicate trumpet-shaped flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Tidal Wave Purple’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 36”- 56”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

Watch as this variety floods your garden with delicate purple trumpet shaped flowers. This petunia will resist lodging and won’t be weighed down and create open gaps in pots or your garden.

A great feature of this petunia is that you have some control in how tall it can get. If you want this variety to be taller, plant closer together. Plant a minimum of 12 inches apart to increase height. If you want it to stay short, plant further apart.

‘Sugar Daddy’

A close-up of a blooming 'Sugar Daddy' petunia against a blurred background of blooming petunias and bright green branched foliage. Delicate purple funnel-shaped flower with a dark throat, with 5 fused petals covered with darker veins. The leaves are small, oval, hairy.
This popular petunia cultivar features light purple flowers with darker colored veins.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Sugar Daddy’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10”-12”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

One of the most popular varieties with a single, large bloom that produces light purple petals and deep purple veins throughout the flower. They have a mounding tendency and only cover about a foot of space when mature.

Known to release a deep vanilla scent in the late afternoon and evening. The right combination of temperature and humidity, the sweet perfume will drift all across the garden. Cut back stems as they become leggy to promote a bushier plant.

‘Purple Halo’

A close-up of a blooming 'Purple Halo' petunia flower surrounded by bright green, hairy and branched foliage. The flower is large, funnel-shaped, with 5 fused white petals at the edges and a dark purple veined center.
This is a compact petunia cultivar that produces gorgeous flowers with white outer edges and deep purple centers.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Purple Halo’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10”-12”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

A beautiful halo pattern on the blooms with outer white edges and dark purple centers. This variety stays rather compact and only spreads about a foot wide. Plant in full sun and in well-draining soils for best results.

Plant with other varieties from the series to add depth and dimension to your area of choice. You can find other colors like pink, yellow and blue in the halo series.

‘Black Velvet’

Close-up of black 'Black Velvet' petunia flowers surrounded by green hairy foliage. Funnel-shaped large flowers of dark purple color, almost black, velvet.
‘Black Velvet’ produces velvety deep purple, almost black flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Black Velvet’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10”-12”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

Although they look black, they are actually a deep violet color. The beautiful dark trumpet flowers will bloom from late spring to first fall frost. This petunia is more compact and will only cover 10 to 12 inches.

If you choose to grow black petunia by seed, be cautious. The seeds have a tendency to produce lavender or pink flowers, not black. It’s best to purchase potted black velvet petunias from a reputable nursery.

‘Amore Purple’

Lots of blooming 'Amore Purple' petunias surrounded by small, lanceolate, slightly hairy green leaves. Funnel-shaped bicolor flowers: white fused petals with a cute heart-shaped pattern formed at the junction of the petals. The throat of the flower has a slight yellow tint, giving the flowers a beautiful glow.
‘Amore Purple’ produces unique white petunias with a heart-shaped pattern on the petals.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Amore Purple’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 12”-14”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

You are sure to fall in love with this variety. With a unique purple heart pattern on every bloom, these petunias are sure to capture your heart. The variety produces large flowers and the plant has a mounding habit.

This variety is able to tolerate the heat and dryer conditions. If your region is experiencing extended periods of hot and dry weather, consider watering frequently. Adequate water will help your petunias yield numerous blooms for extended periods of time.

‘Mambo Purple’

Close-up of flowers of 'Mambo Purple' petunia blooming almost completely covering the green foliage. Large open tubular flowers with dark throats and fused petals. The leaves are small, oval, covered with tiny white hairs. Flowers illuminated by sunlight.
‘Mambo Purple’ is a dwarf petunia variety that produces trumpet-shaped flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Petunia x hybrida ‘Mambo Purple’
plant-type plant type Tender Perennial, Annual
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10”-12”
hardiness-zones hardiness zones Annual 2-9, Tender Perennial 10-11

A dense petunia with a mounding form that will yield numerous deep purple trumpet-shaped flowers. This petunia is a common purple annual, and will take some occasional maintenance. You will have to deadhead as the flowers fade and die.

Mambo is the only natural dwarf variety on the market. A great option for low ground cover that won’t become leggy as the season goes on. Plant in the front of flower beds, landscapes or containers to showcase these beautiful blooms.

Final Thoughts

Although there are only 17 varieties on this list, there are many more petunias that were not mentioned in this article. There is a purple petunia out there for everyone and every garden. Whether you want a cascading variety or a mounding variety, you can’t go wrong planting purple petunias. Happy planting!

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