Steve Smith

Bluebeards are crowned with clusters of blue flowers in the month of August, which attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. (Getty Images)

Every garden should have bluebeards along the sunny border

Find them in the sun-loving section of the nursery, likely mixed in with other late-summer bloomers.

Bluebeards are crowned with clusters of blue flowers in the month of August, which attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. (Getty Images)
Also known as Rose of Sharon, hibiscus is a hardy shrub is one of the few that blooms in the late summer. (Nicole Phillips)

Hibiscus will bring a tropical look to your August garden

Also known as Rose of Sharon, the hardy shrub is one of the few that blooms in the late summer.

Also known as Rose of Sharon, hibiscus is a hardy shrub is one of the few that blooms in the late summer. (Nicole Phillips)
You don’t have to wait until September to plant trees and shrubs, because they’re not all grown in a field anymore. (Getty Images)

This advice on planting in summer is no longer relevant

Don’t wait to plant trees and shrubs. Most of those found at the nursery weren’t grown in the field but in a container.

You don’t have to wait until September to plant trees and shrubs, because they’re not all grown in a field anymore. (Getty Images)
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)
Hydrangea macrophylla “Miss Saori,” one of the hydrangeas from the You-Me series, was named Plant of the Year in 2014. (Gardenia)

Your search for the coveted dark-leafed hydrangea is over

Breeders have spent countless lifetimes searching the wilds for these one-of-a-kind plants.

Hydrangea macrophylla “Miss Saori,” one of the hydrangeas from the You-Me series, was named Plant of the Year in 2014. (Gardenia)
Most of our weed issues are self-inflicted because of poor timing — aka neglect. It’s the No. 1 failure of gardeners. (Getty Images)

How to keep pesky weeds away for a much healthier garden

You’ll continue to have weed problems if you don’t plant new plants or cover the ground with mulch.

Most of our weed issues are self-inflicted because of poor timing — aka neglect. It’s the No. 1 failure of gardeners. (Getty Images)
The hardy fuchsia “Voltaire” is one the few fuchsias that can take full sun all day. (Nicole Phillips)

Eight perennials to add to the garden for summer-long enjoyment

July is a great time to fill in those blank spots with long-blooming perennials. (Yes, it is OK to plant in the summer.)

The hardy fuchsia “Voltaire” is one the few fuchsias that can take full sun all day. (Nicole Phillips)

Four easy-to-grow vegetables you should plant in your garden

If you plant these perennial crops now, you’ll be harvesting their bounty by next year. And every year after that.

The four simple ways you too can ‘bee’ a pollinator gardener

The four simple ways you too can ‘bee’ a pollinator gardener

In addition to bees, our wasps and flies, moths and butterflies, hummingbirds and bats will thank you.

The four simple ways you too can ‘bee’ a pollinator gardener

Six unusual cool-season vegetables to try growing at home

Growing your own veggies means you can plant varieties that simply cannot be found at the grocery store.

In the world stressing you out? Escape to the garden

In the world stressing you out? Escape to the garden

Breath in fresh air, roll up your sleeves and get to work on pruning, weeding and planting.

In the world stressing you out? Escape to the garden

Wallflowers — they’re so much more than the name implies

The flowers are appreciated for their sweet fragrance, frost tolerance, yellow flowers and blooming habit.

New Belarinas are cuts above your grocery-store primrose

Developed in Europe, these flowers will brighten your garden and be your harbinger of spring for years to come.

Take your pick from thousands of bare-root roses this season

When planting roses in the garden, get them watered-in right away and add some transplant fertilizer.

Cut flowers with roots show everlasting love for your valentine

Here are a variety of roses perfect for Valentine’s Day gift-giving.

Perfect pick: You can grow your own berries in your backyard

Perfect pick: You can grow your own berries in your backyard

The issue is figuring out which berry varieties you want — because so many of them like the Northwest.

Perfect pick: You can grow your own berries in your backyard

We’ll still have frosty nights, but our gardens are waking up

Now that the “arctic blast” is behind us, it’s time to clean up your flower beds. Here’s how to do it.

For the love of orchards: How to grow fruit trees in your yard

Homeowners have lots of space-saving options when it comes to growing apples, cherries, pears and more.

Hurry! Winterize your garden before the arctic blast arrives

Hurry! Winterize your garden before the arctic blast arrives

Follow these tips to help prevent freeze damage — but be prepared to do some repairs or replacements.

Hurry! Winterize your garden before the arctic blast arrives
Gardening trends for the next decade (or at least the new year)

Gardening trends for the next decade (or at least the new year)

Dirt is healthy, and manicured lawns and gardens aren’t ideal — those are two of Steve Smith’s takeaways for 2020.

Gardening trends for the next decade (or at least the new year)