Steve Smith

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

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.

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

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

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.

Chase the winter blues away with winter-blooming hellebores

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?

January sees the arrival of 1,450 bare root shrub roses

Employees at Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville prune and pot nearly a thousand and a half plants.

It may be the dead of winter, but the garden is wide awake

Go on — take a stroll in your garden, for the metamorphosis you see will surely lift your spirits.

A gardener’s words of wisdom for the end of the year

Steve Smith: “The more time we can spend communing with our gardens the better this world could be.”

More holiday gift ideas for the special gardener in your life

Still don’t know what to give your loved one who loves to garden? The idea list continues…

Holiday gift ideas for that special gardener in your life

Don’t know what to give your loved one who loves to garden? How about one of these.

Wreath-making reconnects you to the garden this time of year

Wreath-making reconnects you to the garden this time of year

You’ll gain a decoration for your front door and a better appreciation for the Northwest bounty.

Wreath-making reconnects you to the garden this time of year

This palmate-leafed plant brings the tropics to your garden

Japanese aralia is a tropical-looking flowering shrub or small tree native to Japan.

How to prune in fall and other timely chores

How to prune in fall and other timely chores

Under no circumstance should we be pruning our shrubs or trees severely this time of year.

How to prune in fall and other timely chores

The fallen leaves of autumn are an asset, not a problem

They provide nutrients and help block winter weeds, so don’t put them in the lawn waste bin.

It’s cold, dark and wet — time to move your gardening indoors

Houseplants will most likely be the focus of many a Northwest gardener this fall and winter.

These bulbs will brighten your garden in winter

These bulbs will brighten your garden in winter

The blooms will repeat for many years. And they are cheap. What more could you ask from a plant?

These bulbs will brighten your garden in winter

Where there’s ‘smoke,’ there’s fiery garden color in the fall

For a change in scenery, these three plants will add brilliant colors to your autumn yard.

With odd weather, October still a good month for gardening

Climate change in Washington is turning October in to a gardener’s favorite fall month.