Steve Smith

Here’s what you should be doing in the garden in November

Fertilize the lawn, prune the roses and spread a lot of mulch to prevent a big weed problem.

 

Surefire ways to bring colors from the garden inside for winter

Spring-blooming bulbs like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths can be tricked into flowering out of season.

 

Bulbs: Mother Nature’s little remedy for the dark days blues

If you plant bulbs now, you’ll enjoy cheerful color in the dead of winter. And it couldn’t be easier.

 

How to save your begonias and geraniums through the winter

If you’re serious about trying to preserve some of your plants for next year, time is of the essence.

Fall is in the air, so get outside and dig in your garden

October is a time of transformation in our landscapes — and we’re not just talking falling leaves.

From big to small, there’s a Viburnum perfect for your garden

They’re great in the fall garden, either sporting vivid colors and attractive berries, or even reblooming.

Four new plants that you’ll find in garden centers next year

Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville offers a sneak peek at what breeders have in store for the 2020 season.

While flowers are ephemeral, foliage can last all season

Focus on foliage when making your winter containers — but don’t forget to add a pop of color.

Often-overlooked mums and asters add color to the fall garden

Another great choice is the fall-blooming Japanese anemone — just don’t let it take over.

These fall gardening chores reap huge dividends come spring

Roll up your sleeves, don your gardening gloves and tack these seven tasks in September.

These seasonal grasses are fit for any setting in your garden

Ornamental grasses have graceful motion, attractive form, interesting texture and striking colors.

Summer’s in the home stretch — time to plant fall vegetables

There is a seemingly endless number of cultivars, but here are seven to zero in on.

The 5 P’s of August aka timely chores for the summer garden

If you finish these gardening tasks this month, you’ll improve the look and health of your plants.

Versatile, easy-to-grow vines for the Pacific Northwest garden

Try to incorporate a vine or two in your garden. Three years from now, you’ll be glad you did.

Garden too crowded? Expand your horizon with climbing plants

Hops, wisteria, honeysuckle, trumpet vines and clematis are just some of the choices available.

Cone flowers continue to thrill in the summer garden

The perennial also known as echinacea used to come only in purple or white; now, a rainbow of colors are available.

Crocosmia’s many varieties pack a colorful punch in summer

These hardy perennials are beloved by hummingbirds and easy to grow in Snohomish County soil.

Do you have one of these blooming machines in your garden?

Whether they’re planted in full sun or part shade, hardy fuchsias will bloom from June until frost.

Four sprinklers perfect for watering the Northwest garden

As our summers get longer and drier, our plants are more and more stressed for moisture.

Everything you ever needed or wanted to know about lavender

Some fun facts: The oil is said to soothe and heal insect bites, sunburns and small cuts, even acne.