Pacific Northwest

January, 2004
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Butterfly Weed
Last year I paired the wild butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberose) with a pale blue delphinium called 'Connecticut Yankee'. Although they come from different worlds, the butterfly weed and the delphinium made a wonderful couple. Pale blue and soft orange complement each other nicely. The contrast in texture between the flat heads of butterfly weed flowers and the spurred delphinium flowers arranged along upright stems really enlivened the combination.

Butterfly weed and 'Connecticut Yankee' delphiniums are easy to grow in full sun and average garden soil. The delphiniums have 30-inch-tall stems that may require staking when grown alone, but I found that the butterfly weed supported the delphiniums when the two were planted closely together.

Shows & Events

Northwest Flower and Garden Show
The Northwest Flower and Garden Show, North America's third largest spring flower show, will be held Feb. 4 to 8, 2004, at the Washington State Convention Center, Seventh Avenue and Pike Street, in downtown Seattle. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The annual show features 27 fully designed gardens, a container gardening exhibit, a seminar series featuring more than 100 presentations by horticulture and garden design experts, a marketplace with garden-related products and services, and an orchid display.

For advance tickets and additional information, call (800) 229-6311, or visit the Web site: http://www.gardenshow.com. You save money if you purchase tickets online.

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