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Petunia, Evening Scentsation Hybrid

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Blue-flowered winner has a fragrance that gets more alluring as the sun sets.

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True blue All-America Selections winner has a fragrance that gets more alluring as the sun sets, filling your summer evenings with a heavenly hyacinth scent and notes of rose and honey. It’s a visual sensation too, with brilliant indigo 2" blooms that billow from baskets or patio containers, and are dramatic when planted en masse.
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Petunia, Evening Scentsation Hybrid
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

5-8 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

30-36 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.



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  • Petunias

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Feb-22 - Last Date: Mar-07
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-16

Petunias may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow petunia seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow seeds thinly and barely press into seed starting formula. Do not cover with soil.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the frost.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist, well-drained organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plants should stand 6 to 12 inches apart in the garden.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball.
  • Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. 
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower spikes to encourage flowering and prevent seed development. Pinching the growing tips of plants can encourage bushiness.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Cut scraggly petunia plants back by half in late summer to spur growth and encourage new flowers to form.
  • Petunias make beautiful edging plants and also can be combined with other summer-blooming annuals in mixed plantings. They are superb in containers of all sizes and types, either alone or combined with other flowers.
  • Petunias attract hummingbirds and moths to the garden.
Full Sun
5-8 inches
30-36 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flower color
Petunia, Evening Scentsation Hybrid is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love - Love - Love These Petunias! To those of you who experienced poor germination, please give winter sowing a try. This is the second year I have winter sown, and I had an ~80% rate both times. The blooms are beautiful, and the fragrance is heavenly. If this is not the best petunia Burpee offers, I don't know what is.
Date published: 2019-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Scraggly and no blooms I had ordered 6 plants but only 5 were viable, the 6th was dead. Two of the plants had come out of the plastic container and were lying on top of the other plants, all were wilted and scraggly. I quickly planted the 5 plants, now 2 weeks later they don't look much better. One plant had 1 flower bloom and now there are no flowers.They're just not thriving. In the past I've had good results with Burpee plants, I should have paid more attention to the reviews.
Date published: 2019-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as beautiful as I expected Disappointed. Flimsy plant with small flowers. We had a very warm Summer, sometimes very hot. I kept them watered and after downpours, fed them since the rains throughly flushed the planters.
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing I have been a Burpee customer for most of my life. I bought the garden ready plants .Put 3 in a hanging basket and 6 in my front annual beds .So very disappointed. The 6 in the beds have crawled along, not getting much bigger over this summer season. Spindly with few flowers. The hanging basket fared better, but still not as I hoped. I consider myself an avid, knowledgeable gardener of 50 + years, and know how to care for plants. This one was definitely not worth the money. I bought it for the fragrance which really isn't much better than any sweet smelling petunia. Won't order this one again.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful! Like other reviewers, I had very poor germination. But the ones that made it are gorgeous! Mine are a deeper purple than the photo, though that could just be my monitor. I love the scent, the blooms are prolific, and the plants have grown quite large for petunias. I will be buying these again.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful blooms I had a little better than 50% germination but all of them survived and they are beautiful! Love them. I do wish the germination and the aroma were better; the smell is not what I would expect from a petunia. I will try them again though, the blooms are so pretty.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing The pros: the blossoms are indeed huge and prolific and look gorgeous exploding over the side of a container or hanging basket. The cons: germination was extremely poor. I only had 20% germination, and when you only get 15 seeds for this price, that's ridiculous. (I'm extremely confident that it was an issue with the seeds themselves and not environmental factors because I started another type of petunia at the same time and in the exact same potting soil/place/light and had 93% germination.) The scent of the flowers, which was what induced me to pay so much for 15 seeds to begin with, is in no way what I would describe as "alluring" or "notes of rose and honey." In fact the kindest possible way I can describe the scent is that it smells like a funeral home. You know that heavy, overbearing, stale smell of decades of mixed bouquets? Yeah. That's what they smell like, and the smell carries a long way. My wife actually asked me to please move them because she couldn't stand the smell anymore. They are pretty, but without the promised smell they are in no way worth the asking price. If you want petunias, pick something more reasonably priced.
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful blooms with a delightful fragrance! Last year, I had seen this petunia at a trial gardens, actually I had first noticed the wonderful perfume and followed my nose to them! The blooms are of a very attractive color and the plant has a nice growing habit. I had sown them in the early part of March and all seeds planted had germinated.
Date published: 2018-03-19
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