Steve Smith

The 5 P’s of August aka timely chores for the summer garden

If you finish these gardening tasks this month, you’ll improve the look and health of your plants.

Versatile, easy-to-grow vines for the Pacific Northwest garden

Versatile, easy-to-grow vines for the Pacific Northwest garden

Try to incorporate a vine or two in your garden. Three years from now, you’ll be glad you did.

Versatile, easy-to-grow vines for the Pacific Northwest garden

Garden too crowded? Expand your horizon with climbing plants

Hops, wisteria, honeysuckle, trumpet vines and clematis are just some of the choices available.

Cone flowers continue to thrill in the summer garden

The perennial also known as echinacea used to come only in purple or white; now, a rainbow of colors are available.

Crocosmia’s many varieties pack a colorful punch in summer

These hardy perennials are beloved by hummingbirds and easy to grow in Snohomish County soil.

Do you have one of these blooming machines in your garden?

Do you have one of these blooming machines in your garden?

Whether they’re planted in full sun or part shade, hardy fuchsias will bloom from June until frost.

Do you have one of these blooming machines in your garden?

Four sprinklers perfect for watering the Northwest garden

As our summers get longer and drier, our plants are more and more stressed for moisture.

Everything you ever needed or wanted to know about lavender

Some fun facts: The oil is said to soothe and heal insect bites, sunburns and small cuts, even acne.

The blooms of June will stay colorful well into the fall

The blooms of June will stay colorful well into the fall

Lots of daylight means it’s an ideal month to fill in those empty spaces in your garden.

The blooms of June will stay colorful well into the fall

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.