Steve Smith

Fall is just another blooming season

October can be a time of spectacular colors in your garden.

How to prune a hydrangea: An exception to the pruning rule

It helps to think of a growing blackberry vine when you’re about to cut back this blooming shrub.

Planting bulbs requires optimism and patience

Here are seven tips on how to plant bulbs now for beauty come spring.

Gardener’s to-do list: October perfect time for planting bulbs

Here are columnist Steve Smith’s suggestions for which tasks to do around the garden this month.

Plant these late bloomers to brighten up your shade garden

In this follow-up to a column on sunny borders, Steve Smith lists flowers to liven up a dark yard.

Here’s why late summer pruning of plants makes a lot of sense

The heavier you trim a plant, the more likely it is to grow back profusely.

Cutting the lawn down to size in pursuit of greener grass

Let’s face it: Even in today’s society, the lawn is the man’s domain. It is literally his “turf” and, when left alone, he can spend… Continue reading

Fall is for planting: The gardener’s September check list

Fall has always been my favorite time of year, especially when I lived in California and the summers were so oppressive. While August can feel… Continue reading

Don’t ignore these late bloomers for your fall garden’s border

As we move from late August into early September, it is not unusual to have our borders start to look a little tired. Part of… Continue reading

Now’s the time: Here’s how to plan for a fall vegetable garden

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about planting a fall vegetable garden. Cooler nights and shorter days are the triggers that… Continue reading

What exactly does it mean for a plant to be ‘drought tolerant’?

It’s been almost five decades since I had a college-level plant physiology class and studied the process of how plants move water through their vascular… Continue reading

Answers to three of your most common gardening questions

At the bottom of every column I write is an invitation to send in your questions about gardening issues for which you would like answers.… Continue reading

Don’t give up: August can be the summer climax for our gardens

the final lap of the summer gardening season, when all our hard work should come to a crescendo. August is… Continue reading

How to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden

For me, part of the joy of gardening is watching winged friends visit my yard and flit about the shrubs, flowers, feeders and water features.… Continue reading

Bring a variety of plants to your yard by landscaping in layers

Before I purchased the Sunnyside Nursery back in 1989, I owned a landscape contracting business in California. That company designed, installed and maintained residential, commercial… Continue reading

Annuals or perennials, salvia is Mother Nature’s hummingbird magnet

and I mean lots — of summer-blooming perennials to choose from. But… Continue reading

Even in the heat: Four ways to have a fabulous July garden

According to weather guru Rufus La Lone of the Weather Cafe, July is shaping up to be a very pleasant month for gardening. Here are… Continue reading

It’s time to get serious about watering your garden

Last week I gave you several tips on how to become a better gardener. As promised, this week I will enlighten you on how to… Continue reading

Gardening 101: The top 3 ways to become a better gardener

I have often thought about what it is about some people that makes them good gardeners and what it is about others that makes them… Continue reading

The wonderful and weird world of carnivorous bog plants

One of the things that drew me into the world of horticulture is the incredible diversity of plants that inhabit our planet. When you consider… Continue reading