I love coneflowers, and Echinacea purpurea'Pink Double Delight' is a pretty "Pantone Honeysuckle" species. The spectacular flowers are more consistently double than 'Razzmatazz' and are held on shorter, stronger stems that are better able to support the heavy flower heads. These are short enough for mixed containers as well as sunny borders.
I've seen a few selections from the Proven Winners line of hybrid petunias called "Supertunia" that fit this color scheme. "Bermuda Beach" (a coral-pink bloom) and "Sangria Charm" (more purple-pink) have free-flowing blooms, are drought and heat tolerant and attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
The West Virginia University/Kanawha County Extension Service, in conjunction with the Kanawha County Master Gardeners and the Charleston Rose Society, will offer "Growing Roses," 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 2, 9 and 16 at the WVU Extension Service office, 4700 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Kanawha City.
The course is free and open to the public. To register, call 304-720-9573 or e-mail rhan...@kta.com. Those attending two nights receive a four-month trial membership in the American Rose Society. Those attending three nights also receive a one-year membership in the Charleston Rose Society.
March 2: History of roses, anatomy and classification, selecting roses.
March 9: Planting roses, soil/pH/fertilizer, pruning.
March 16: Insects, diseases, four-legged pests, pest management, winterizing.
Hands-on "Fruit Tree Grafting and Pruning Demonstration" will be held 10 a.m. to noon March 5 at the Moore Farm, 77 Gunsmoke Road, South Charleston, led by Dr. John Jett, West Virginia University Extension Service horticulture specialist. For directions and to register, e-mail Barry Williamson at abarryw...@aol.com.
The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Kanawha County Master Gardener Association.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.