Favorite or New Plant
Malvas Sylvestris 'Zebrina'
One of my favorite flowering plants for a mixed border is Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'. It brings a sense of the old-fashioned to the garden and grows happily in a sunny site with well-drained soil. Like its relatives hollyhock and lavatera, striped mallow is tall and sturdy, boasting open, cup-shaped flowers. The pale lavender blooms are veined with dark purple and stunning enough to capture your full attention, regardless of what else is in the bed.
'Zebrina' begins blooming in mid-July and blooms nonstop until frost. It freely self-sows (more plants!) and except for needing regular watering is absolutely carefree. Mature plants can reach 24 inches high with an equal spread, so provide lots of elbow room.
Shows & Events
National Lentil Festival
The city of Pullman, Washington, is home to cougars and lentils. If that seems like a strange combination, let me explain. "Cougars" are students at Washington State University, and lentils are a local crop. A big deal local crop, deserving of an annual celebration.
The National Lentil Festival will be held August 25-26 in downtown Pullman. Festivities begin with a lentil-pancake breakfast and include a parade, a lentil cook-off, and a food court featuring delicacies such as lentil chili. For more information call 800-365-6948.