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Here’s how you can attract birds, including sparrows, to your yard. (Mike Benbow)

The gardener’s playbook for attracting birds to your yard

If you want birds to visit, you’ll need to provide four basic elements: safety, nesting spots, food and water.

 

Wintergreen adds a pop of red to the garden all winter long. (Getty Images)

Though they’re cold, fall and winter can be colorful seasons too

You have no shortage of choices when it comes to planting for fall and winter interest in the garden.

 

Autumn crocus is one of two types of fall-blooming bulbs available in garden centers now. (Getty Images)

When is a crocus not a crocus? When it’s actually a colchicum

Pair these pink to purple flowers with the silver leaves of lambs ear, purple asters and pink chrysanthemums.

 

Fall is for planting: Now is a great time to visit the garden center to see which cool-season vegetables and fall-blooming perennials are available. (Nicole Phillips)

Watering containers tops the gardener’s to-do list for October

It’s your last chance to overhaul your lawn, plant for fall color and get some garlic in the ground.

Fall is for planting: Now is a great time to visit the garden center to see which cool-season vegetables and fall-blooming perennials are available. (Nicole Phillips)
Red osier dogwood  (Cornus sericea (stolonifera)) berries, leaves and twigs.

Red twig dogwoods — there’s variety of shrub for all seasons

Here are four new varieties of twig dogwoods on the market that provide fall and winter interest.

Red osier dogwood  (Cornus sericea (stolonifera)) berries, leaves and twigs.
Garden decorations. Old pots with flowers in the garden

Three ways to save those summer tropicals for next year

If you are attached to your plants or want to save a few bucks, you don’t have to throw out your containers.

Garden decorations. Old pots with flowers in the garden
Purple heather detail on the scottish coast

Are they heaths or are they heathers? Most gardeners say ‘whatever’

Don’t get too hung up on their proper names — as far as this nursery owner is concerned, they’re all heathers.

Purple heather detail on the scottish coast
Containers planted in September will look fabulous all the way into April. (Nicole Phillips)

Fall foliage tops the gardener’s to-do list for September

Vacation time is over. Get back out in your yard and make the most of the autumn season.

Containers planted in September will look fabulous all the way into April. (Nicole Phillips)
Henbit deadnettle and Persian speedwell blooming in the spring meadow

Beware: Weed seeds are triggered to germinate in the fall

Seeing weeds? With shorter days, cooler nights and a little moisture, fall germinating seeds are waking up.

Henbit deadnettle and Persian speedwell blooming in the spring meadow
A closeup of a beautiful glossy abelia pink flowers

Four newer Abelias well-suited to our Northwest gardens

These cultivars function better in small garden spaces and can even be used in containers as seasonal fillers.

A closeup of a beautiful glossy abelia pink flowers
Fresh figs isolated on white

When Johnny’s fig tree comes marching home again

The tree grew from a cutting taken from John and Genny Holtum’s original fig planted at Sunnyside Nursery in the 1950s.

Fresh figs isolated on white
Chateau de Chantilly Rose of Sharon - Monrovia

Gardening bureau declares 2021 Year of the Hardy Hibiscus

Pick up one or two of these reliable and late-blooming perennial and shrubby plants for color through summer.

Chateau de Chantilly Rose of Sharon - Monrovia
Sugar beets with fresh leaves in the garden. The Red Veined Leaves of Beetroot (Beta vulgaris).

Love it or leave it: The gardener’s to-do list for August

If you do this month’s chores, you’ll no longer be referred to as a “yardener,” or a casual gardener.

Sugar beets with fresh leaves in the garden. The Red Veined Leaves of Beetroot (Beta vulgaris).
Follow these step-by-step directions to plant all summer long and never lose one to the heat. (Getty Images)

Gardening pro shares 7 steps to successful summer planting

When a landscape contractor in the Sacramento Valley, he planted all summer long and never lost a plant.

Follow these step-by-step directions to plant all summer long and never lose one to the heat. (Getty Images)
reddish stain of dried needles on spruce after winter

Your yard doesn’t have to look like Death Valley for the summer

The recent heatwave burned many of our shrubs, hanging baskets and trees. Here’s what to do to reverse the damage.

reddish stain of dried needles on spruce after winter
Water the lawn three times a week with your automatic sprinklers — not everyday. (Getty Images)

Five secrets for the proper watering of your summer garden

Here’s a tip: Layers of mulch and compost will reduce the frequency with which you need to water by as much as 50%.

Water the lawn three times a week with your automatic sprinklers — not everyday. (Getty Images)
Your garden needs your attention in this heat. Here is your gardener’s to-do list for July.

Show your garden some love in July — it needs it this month

Love has always been a two-way street. The more we love our gardens, the more they will love us back.

Your garden needs your attention in this heat. Here is your gardener’s to-do list for July.

Forget hanging baskets — hardy fuchsias bloom like crazy

Their flowers keep reappearing until the frosts of October. Then they’ll come back and do it again next year.

The “Diablo” variety of ninebark, with its purple foliage and white flowers, has led to a long line of new introductions. (Getty Images)

Four new ninebarks that also have four seasons of interest

The white-flower clusters that bloom on this shrub in June are a favorite to our native pollinators.

The “Diablo” variety of ninebark, with its purple foliage and white flowers, has led to a long line of new introductions. (Getty Images)
Close up of a lawn sprinkler

Throwback: The gardener’s to-do list for the month of June

It’s time to fertize your lawn, feed your roses, plant summer vegetables and prune spring-flowering shrubs.

Close up of a lawn sprinkler