Steve Smith

Gardening at spring. Planting tree in garden. Senior man watering planted fruit tree at his backyard

Bare root trees and roses have arrived for spring planting

They’re only available from January through March, so shop early for the tree or rose you want.

 

Header, garden shovel or spade puts into soil, green meadow in the back, low angle shot

Regenerative gardening helps save the planet one garden at a time

Regenerative gardening is founded on the principle that if we take care of our soils then everything else will work out for the best.

 

A fresh layer of mulch protects plants in a tropical bed in Steve Smith's garden (Nicole Phillips)

When extreme cold hits, compost is your garden’s guardian

Yearly applications of mulch also will keep your plants healthy during heatwaves and periods of heavy rainfall.

 

Steve Smith's anticipation of next year’s perennial growth is no better personified than in the clusters of basal buds on several clumps of Sedum “Autumn Joy.” (Getty Images)

Winter is a time of anticipation in the garden

Looking forward to the beauty we’ll reap motivates gardeners to keep on digging and planting.

Steve Smith's anticipation of next year’s perennial growth is no better personified than in the clusters of basal buds on several clumps of Sedum “Autumn Joy.” (Getty Images)
abstract background from a grass covered with hoarfrost

What a La Nina winter means for the Puget Sound gardener

Wet winters pose several challenges — not the least of which is saturated soil.

abstract background from a grass covered with hoarfrost
Helleborus one of the first spring flowers in the garden

Hellebores just keep getting better and better

Over the years, new cultivars have evolved with more upward-facing flowers and color ranges from pinks to reds to all the colors of the rainbow.

Helleborus one of the first spring flowers in the garden

Pick up your winter spirits with these indoor blooming bulbs

Easy-to-grow Paperwhites and Amaryllis can help you fill a need to be grounded in nature.

Steve Smith gift ideas for gardeners

Ten gift ideas for gardeners

From puzzles to pruners, how to pick the perfect present for the green thumbs on your list.

Steve Smith gift ideas for gardeners

New wintergreen varieties are a hit during the holidays

Now that the thrill of summer has passed and the warm colors of fall are fading with each passing storm, our eyes should be drawn… Continue reading

Winter-interest plants include heuchera, euphorbia and more. (Sunnyside Nursery)

Here’s your November to-do list in the Northwest garden

Winter is coming, and that means gardeners must perform certain tasks — or suffer the consequences.

Winter-interest plants include heuchera, euphorbia and more. (Sunnyside Nursery)
Crocus bulbs ready to plant in the fall garden.

You don’t have to landscape with bulbs — but at least plant a few

Try planting mini tulips and daffodils, plus other minor bulbs like snowdrops and winter aconites in clumps.

Crocus bulbs ready to plant in the fall garden.
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.

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

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

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