Steve Smith

Clematis armandii is just one of hundreds of varieties out there of the blooming vine. (Getty Images)

How to establish Clematis as the queen of the garden

It helps to remember this little ditty: “Hot heads and cold feet / Plant them early and plant them deep.”

 

Close up of malus blossom in bloom

Six flowering crabapple trees you can fall in love with

Crabapples don’t have much of a following in the Northwest — yet. Extend the tree-blooming season with these varieties.

 

With proper selection, Northwest gardeners can actually have a rhodie blooming in their gardens February through June. (Nicole Phillips)

These four cultivars definitely aren’t your granny’s rhodies

Breeders have varieties of rhododendrons in new colors that will never cover up the living room windows.

 

How you prune hydrangeas depends on whether the flower buds are formed on new or old wood. (Getty Images)

How to prune a hydrangea without jeapordizing its blooms

Before you prune your hydrangeas, figure out what kinds you have and where the flower buds are formed.

How you prune hydrangeas depends on whether the flower buds are formed on new or old wood. (Getty Images)
A sign of rebirth: The purple-leaf plums have started to bloom with their cotton-candy pink flowers. (Getty Images)

March ramblings, by date, about the rebirth of the garden

The Earth’s spirit comes alive this month — and gardeners find themselves surrounded by its beauty and glory.

A sign of rebirth: The purple-leaf plums have started to bloom with their cotton-candy pink flowers. (Getty Images)
You can find the new "Double Take" flowering quince in four different colors, including peach. (Proven Winners)

Lift your spirits with the new ‘Double Take’ flowering quince

Proven Winners has four color varieties of the bulb on the market: orange, peach, pink and scarlet.

You can find the new "Double Take" flowering quince in four different colors, including peach. (Proven Winners)
If you decide to add raised beds to your garden, the dimensions should be at least 10 to 12 inches high and no more than 4 to 5 feet wide. The length is up to you and your available space. (Nicole Phillips)

The benefits of vegetable (or flower) gardening with raised beds

Here’s what you need to know to build, plant and care for raised beds so that you can reap all the rewards.

If you decide to add raised beds to your garden, the dimensions should be at least 10 to 12 inches high and no more than 4 to 5 feet wide. The length is up to you and your available space. (Nicole Phillips)
If you're a gardener who just can't wait for spring, winter-blooming pansies will tide you over. (Getty Images)

Do you suffer from the spring condition ‘hortitostrogenitis’?

It’s a made-up word for the feeling you get when it’s not yet March, but you’re itching to get back into the garden.

If you're a gardener who just can't wait for spring, winter-blooming pansies will tide you over. (Getty Images)
close on a daffodil in a garden covered with snow

Turns out snow on your flowers and plants has its benefits

Just make sure you stay off the lawn and out of the garden beds until it melts, and enjoy the view.

close on a daffodil in a garden covered with snow
"Pink Dawn" viburnum is covered with deliciously fragrant pink flowers from November through March. (Getty Images)

Added fragrance in the winter garden is a proven pick-me-up

These four plants add winter interest to our gardens to appease our senses — namely, sight and smell.

"Pink Dawn" viburnum is covered with deliciously fragrant pink flowers from November through March. (Getty Images)
Like raspberries, strawberries also come in both June-bearing and everbearing varieties. (Monrovia)

Here are 4 ‘berry’ good choices for Northwest gardeners

The lowdown on strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries — all of which grow great in our climate.

Like raspberries, strawberries also come in both June-bearing and everbearing varieties. (Monrovia)
Parsley, thyme, rosemary and sage are winter hardy herbs. (Getty Images)

Add parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme to wintertime containers

These winter hardy herbs not only add great flavor to recipes, they also have many health benefits.

Parsley, thyme, rosemary and sage are winter hardy herbs. (Getty Images)
Vegetable seeds need good drainage in the pots or flats they start in. Too much or too little moisture will both spell disaster. (Getty Images)

If starting plants from seed, don’t forget to read the packet

Follow these tips, plus the guidelines you’ve already read on that package, and you should do just fine.

Vegetable seeds need good drainage in the pots or flats they start in. Too much or too little moisture will both spell disaster. (Getty Images)
When harvesting an Asian pear, the best method is to taste. Asian pears will ripen on the tree. (Getty Images)

Fruit trees 101: A gardener’s CliffsNotes for growing them

If you have any interest in growing your own fruit, it’s prime time to pick up apples, plums, cherries and pears.

When harvesting an Asian pear, the best method is to taste. Asian pears will ripen on the tree. (Getty Images)
Though it’s only January, a neighbor’s candytuft is already in bloom. Spring will be here before we know it. (Getty Images)

Start the new year off right with a visit to the nursery

The gardening season starts in January in the Northwest. Daffodils and candytuft are already blooming.

Though it’s only January, a neighbor’s candytuft is already in bloom. Spring will be here before we know it. (Getty Images)
Man hugging the tree in the park

Feeling lonely? Go hug a tree. It might make you feel better

An Icelandic forest ranger shares the benefits of tree hugging since we can’t hug each other right now.

Man hugging the tree in the park
Pieris japonica features drooping clusters of lily-of-the-valley-like flowers in white, pink or red. (Getty Images)

Give the gift that keeps on giving — a winter-blooming plant

Each year, your gift will decorate your loved one’s garden at a time when the days are dark and long.

Pieris japonica features drooping clusters of lily-of-the-valley-like flowers in white, pink or red. (Getty Images)
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A gardener’s to-do list for winterizing the yard — Part 2

Try to accomplish most of these chores, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get them all done.

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Now is a good time to spray the leaves of fruit trees against pests with products made with natural minerals. (Getty Images)

A gardener’s to-do list for winterizing the yard — Part 1

We have a lot of chores to finish before Old Man Winter sets in, starting with fertilizing the lawn.

Now is a good time to spray the leaves of fruit trees against pests with products made with natural minerals. (Getty Images)
What gardener isn't thankful for variegated hollies? They're lovely in the winter garden. (Getty Images)

A gardener’s list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

From changing seasons to planting spring bulbs without refrigeration, there’s a lot to love about the Northwest.

What gardener isn't thankful for variegated hollies? They're lovely in the winter garden. (Getty Images)