Steve Smith

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.

Plant these three berrying shrubs for a beautiful fall garden

They may look boring during the growing season, but they’ll burst with color come autumn and winter.

Three fall-blooming bulbs to jazz up our September gardens

Don’t miss out: These autumn bloomers are only available in nurseries for a few weeks in the fall.

Your to-do list for the resurgent September garden

Now’s the best time to improve or replace your tired lawn.

Take the time to plan for year-round interst in your garden

Our winters are long and dark enough without having to look out onto a boring yard.

It started as a pathetic lawn. Now it’s a tropical wonderland

It started as a pathetic lawn. Now it’s a tropical wonderland

The evolution of garden expert Steve Smith’s Sunnyside Boulevard oasis.

It started as a pathetic lawn. Now it’s a tropical wonderland

Go ahead — have a summer fling with a tropical beauty

They create drama in the garden like no other, before they meet their fate in the compost pile.

Does your garden look tired come August? Do this to wake it up

With some weeding, planting, feeding and pruning this month, the yard can look fresh again.

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

New hydrangeas make for a better summer-blooming shrub

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

New hydrangeas make for a better summer-blooming shrub

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

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.

These drought-defying plants will survive our dry summers

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.