Steve Smith

Festive Christmas wreath of fresh natural spruce branches with red holly berries isolated on white background. New Year. Top view. Traditional decoration for Xmas holiday.

Get in the holiday swing of things — make a wreath

Area garden centers have the greenery and equipment so you can make a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home.

 

Weather, rain, geraniums: A gardener gives thanks

Take a minute and reflect on what you are grateful for in your garden, and then share the gratitude with your fellow gardeners.

 

Pile of fall leaves with fan rake on lawn

It’s time for a little winter cleanup in the garden

Here are a few tips to help your garden survive winter and come back in spring stronger than ever.

 

A Bloodgood Japanese maple in fall, with a wisteria in the background. (Sunnyside Nursery)

Decidedly deciduous: Creating year-round interest in the garden

Up your fall gardening game with Japanese maples, hydrangeas and countless more deciduous trees and shrubs.

A Bloodgood Japanese maple in fall, with a wisteria in the background. (Sunnyside Nursery)
Cyclamens, cyclamen coum, flowering in a UK garden in winter

Discover hardy cyclamen, cool-season jewels for PNW gardens

They will grace a shady part of your garden with dainty butterfly-like flowers from August through October.

Cyclamens, cyclamen coum, flowering in a UK garden in winter
Wither sunflower.

Fall is for planting — don’t let the weather spoil it

Here’s what to do — and what not to do — in the garden during our increasingly long dry spells.

Wither sunflower.
mixed pansies in garden

Endless summer: Out with the geraniums, in with the pansies

Change out those summer annuals to bring a fresh look to your garden — and maybe a sense of relief that the season is finally changing.

mixed pansies in garden

Bulb basics: Now’s the time to buy tulips, daffodils and more

Here’s the lowdown on how to plant bulbs, to enjoy vivid color in your garden for years to come.

Even if you haven’t watered your landscape in the past 100 days, or watered very little, get outside and give your plants a good soak. (Getty Images)

It’s dry out there, so water your yard — please!

After 100 days of no precipitation, your garden badly needs a drink. So grab a hose and get to work — it’s well worth the slightly higher water bills.

Even if you haven’t watered your landscape in the past 100 days, or watered very little, get outside and give your plants a good soak. (Getty Images)

Planting containers in the shoulder season

September and October can be tricky times of the year when it comes to our container plantings. Depending on our level of care, some of… Continue reading

Looking at the top of multiple Wild Iris Flowers Dietes Grandiflora FLower, White, Purple, Orange Yellow Iris,

Always something coming and something going in my new garden

A large variety of plants that provide beauty all through the year keeps things interesting and fulfilling.

Looking at the top of multiple Wild Iris Flowers Dietes Grandiflora FLower, White, Purple, Orange Yellow Iris,
Mowed green backyard grass under trees closeup view

September is the month for restoring your parched lawn

Here’s what to do to keep the grass in decent shape — the environmentally responsible way, of course.

Mowed green backyard grass under trees closeup view
Holding a water rubber hose tube. Watering

A few tips for getting the most out of late summer

First and foremost, give your plants — especially trees and shrubs — a good drink.

Holding a water rubber hose tube. Watering
Woman shopping pink petunia flower at market. Customer choosing flowers at garden center

Four great reasons to visit the garden center in August

If the dog days of summer are getting you down, hightail it down to your local nursery for some inspiration and therapy.

Woman shopping pink petunia flower at market. Customer choosing flowers at garden center
Monarda is a flower that brings bright color to the flower bed in summer, and it has a refreshing fragrance. (Getty Images)

These ‘Bee You’ bee balms are free of pesky mildew

This is a perennial that has many useful qualities, and this is the month to add these new beauties to your garden.

Monarda is a flower that brings bright color to the flower bed in summer, and it has a refreshing fragrance. (Getty Images)
‘Poco Orange’ Red Hot Poker. (Terra Nova Nurseries)

Warmer weather means brighter, hotter colors in the garden

Here are seven plants that will bring a blazing pop of color to your outdoor spaces.

‘Poco Orange’ Red Hot Poker. (Terra Nova Nurseries)
The Limelight Prime Panicle Hydrangea. (Proven Winners)

3 new “pee gee” hydrangeas for gardeners to salivate over

These new shrubs boast better flower color and, in some cases, more compact forms that fit better in smaller gardens.

The Limelight Prime Panicle Hydrangea. (Proven Winners)
Begonia grandis. (North Carolina State University Extension Service)

A tropical treasure that is hardy for the Northwest

Begonia grandis need not be treated as an annual in the Northwest maritime garden. It will brighten any shaded area.

Begonia grandis. (North Carolina State University Extension Service)
Purple and orange perennial cone flowers Echinacea Purpurea in a botanical garden.

‘Evolution’ coneflowers just keep getting better and better

Traditionally, they came in two colors — purple and white. Now, growers produce them in yellow, red, orange and more.

Purple and orange perennial cone flowers Echinacea Purpurea in a botanical garden.
Hydrangea and rose

July checklist for Snohomish County gardeners

After a slow start to summer, things should take off this month. So keep planting and nurturing.

Hydrangea and rose