Pacific Northwest

June, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Portland Rose Festival
The Portland Rose Festival, Oregon's premier civic celebration, has been a Northwest tradition for 97 years. This unique festival bursts into bloom each spring to celebrate the City of Roses with events, excitement, and entertainment for all ages. The 2004 Portland Rose Festival kicked off June 3 and will continue through the end of the month. For a list of events, visit: http://www.rosefestival.org/index.html

Favorite or New Plant

Penstemons
Penstemons are becoming a favorite in my garden. They are a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies, which is just fine with me! One of my favorites is Penstemon pinifolius or pineleaf penstemon. It has wonderful, orange-red blooms in summer and handsome, needle-like foliage that it retains all year-round. It reseeds readily so it makes a nice filler or ground cover, and it transplants easily. Plant it in a sunny location in well-drained soil. It is a water-thrifty perennial that does just fine during droughty conditions.

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