Steve Smith

Dark-foliage plants for those shady spots in your garden

Every green thumb will appreciate these distinctive varieties. Some literally have black leaves.

Canna lilies: Bold perennials for the flamboyant gardener

Cannas grow as tall as 12 feet — just be sure to give them tons of sun, moisture and food.

Turn a few heads this summer with these 4 showstopper plants

Step away from spiky Dracena and add some drama to the containers on your patio.

Wisteria is the queen of vines, but she can be a finicky one

Keep the plant blooming every year and from overgrowing the garden with this simple pruning regime.

Spring is here — time to get cracking in the Northwest garden

From planting veggies to deadheading rhodies, here’s what you need to be doing in May.

Dwarf lilacs are compact, dependable and even reblooming

They look and smell just like their full-size counterparts — without all the insects and diseases.

No gardener can possibly resist the magnificent Itoh peony

This variety combines stunning colors with a pleasing form that fits into any landscape design.

Delphiniums bring that English country garden touch to yard

Spring is the time to shop for and plant these easy-to-grow perennials that can reach 6 feet tall.

Spring is spectacular: This ol’ gardener is in awe of nature

This season is especially thrilling because of all the hope and anticipation that comes with it.

Mother knows best: Mother Nature has her way with our gardens

Cornelian cherry and flowering plum don’t typically bloom at the same time. But they are right now.

Winter’s over, now we figure out which plants froze in the snow

If your garden is showing signs of “winter burn,” you may need to cut growth down to the ground.

It’s time to get the cool-season vegetables planted

Root crops, such as potatoes, onions, leeks and carrots, should be planted now.

Sunnyside Nursery owner Steve Smith will talk about shade plants such as Winter Daphne and about some of his favorite tools for maintaining your garden, the Hula-Ho and the Root Slayer. Shot on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Marysville, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Don’t be afraid: Your gardening to-do list includes pruning

If you still don’t feel comfortable cutting after reading this, contact a horticultural professional.

Sunnyside Nursery owner Steve Smith will talk about shade plants such as Winter Daphne and about some of his favorite tools for maintaining your garden, the Hula-Ho and the Root Slayer. Shot on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Marysville, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Here are 6 must-have spring plants that are new for 2019

Columnist Steve Smith picks his favorites from a long list of plant breeders’ introductions.

Even with all the snow, your spring flowers should be OK

Columnist Steve Smith shares more on the effects the recent snowstorm will have on our gardens.

What did the great snowstorm of 2019 do to our gardens?

It’s too soon to tell for sure, but your container plantings may be doomed.

Yes, even gardeners should be thankful when it snows

You may be surprised to find out that the white stuff can be beneficial to the winter garden.

Chase the winter blues away with winter-blooming hellebores

These gorgeous flowering perennials are a joy to see in the garden during the colder months.

Speaking nursery: Your guide to common garden center lingo

Steve Smith explains some of the jargon gardening professionals use when talking about plants.

Put down that phone! Trade screen time for some green time

Adults spend 11 hours per day looking at screens. Wouldn’t it be nicer if you were in the garden?