Steve Smith

Does your faded garden make you sad? Just keep on planting

A gardener who continually plants is never depressed because they’re fulfilling their need to nuture.

Beyond green: Make the most of that shady area in your yard

Shade gardens can have a diverse mix of plants with a variety of color, texture and flowers.

You’ll love the smell of this flowering shrub from the East Coast

Visit the garden center this month, to get a whiff of the sweet fragrance of summersweet.

The trick to watering? Never let the garden get too dry

You’ll see the best growth if you water deeply and infrequently for consistent moisture in the soil.

New hydrangeas make for a better summer-blooming shrub

The Endless Summer series features rebloomers and the Seaside Serenade series has compact shrubs.

Our evergreen friends: Plant a fern and have a frond for life

Here are some of Steve Smith’s favorite ferns to feature in his garden and add leafy interest.

Hummingbirds will flock to this flowering plant all day

If you want a hummingbird and butterfly magnet in your garden, try planting perennial lobelias.

Would a rose by any other name smell like brewing tea?

This column takes a look at the differences between hybrid tea, floribunda and grandiflora roses.

Ready, set, garden: Get most of your gardening done in June

This month’s gardener’s to-do list includes planting grass, pulling weeds and tending to roses.

These drought-defying plants will survive our dry summers

Not only will they save you money on your water bill, they’ll also dress up your garden.

East or West, flowering dogwood tree coast-to-coast favorite

Three main species of dogwoods can be grown in our gardens: the Pacific, Eastern and Korean natives.

Planting season: May isn’t the only month we can plant gardens

There’s no rush to get buying and digging — you have all summer long to do it.

Four must-have flowers, vines and grasses for the May garden

Steve Smith recommends planting these eye-popping plants to add interest this month.

A life-long gardener shares the simple joys of gardening

Steve Smith is happiest when weeding, pruning, fertilizing, mulching and planting new plants.

How to make the most of your small garden space

Containers, smart design and savvy plant choices are the key to a small garden with big impact.

Does gravel help with pot drainage? Gardening myths debunked

Steve Smith has been gardening for most of his life — so he’s heard all sorts of wives’ tales.

Focus on beauty of your April garden — not the bad weather

Here are some beautiful bloomers to consider that are sure to put you in a better mood.

Organic gardening 101: Feed the soil and not the plant

The philosophy of the nature-focused movement is that healthy soils will produce healthy plants.

One more reason to play in the dirt: It makes us happier

Scientists say a bacteria found in dirt boosts serotonin levels, making you feel relaxed and happy.

Another sign of spring: Fun facts about the Pacific tree frog

This time of year, chorus frogs can be heard singing for a mate in evenings and mornings.