Steve Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Words of encouragement for the frustrated gardener

This seems to be the week that we will finally shake off Old Man Winter, but just the same, I know what you all have… Continue reading

Don’t know what to get Mom for her special day? Here’s 5 ideas

Oh, the eternal question: What should we get Mom for her once-a-year special day? (Knowing that no matter what it is, it will never be… Continue reading

Wake up container gardens with variety of colors, textures

Wake up container gardens with variety of colors, textures

It’s time to move out of our comfort zone and get into container gardening in a whole new way. Gone are the days when we… Continue reading

Wake up container gardens with variety of colors, textures
Notes from a gardener with a Japanese maple addiction

Notes from a gardener with a Japanese maple addiction

This week’s The Whistling Gardener column is written by Sunnyside Nursery’s Trevor Cameron. By Trevor Cameron, special to The Herald One of my first plant… Continue reading

Notes from a gardener with a Japanese maple addiction

Lepidotes: Small-leaved rhodies you will love to grow

Anytime I write about rhododendrons, I know I am taking a chance on losing my readers. Most of us can remember these monster shrubs that… Continue reading

If March was yellow, then surely April is white and pink

Last month should be remembered for all the yellow flowering plants. Granted, other colors of flowers were present, but yellow seemed to dominate our landscapes.… Continue reading

A gardener’s to-do list for April

Considering all the cold and wet weather we have had, and evidently will continue to have for at least the first half of April, I… Continue reading

Your guide to the onion, a cool season vegetable

March and April are what we call the cool season when it comes to veggies. Typically that means it’s the season to plant vegetables either… Continue reading

Spring is here! What’s blooming in your garden?

This week marks that magic moment when our days finally become longer than our nights. While there is no guarantee that any of these days… Continue reading

What to do when it’s too wet and cold to garden

Trust me, I know how you feel. There’s no point in sugar coating this message: The weather sucks and it is going to continue to… Continue reading

It’s time to prep your garden for the spring season

The last day of February started out cold and frozen with a few snowflakes falling from the sky, but as the day went on the… Continue reading

Signs point to new season: It may not feel like it, but spring is almost here

I know it doesn’t feel like it but spring will arrive soon, despite the cold and wet (dare I say snowy) weather we have been… Continue reading

Plants show in Seattle can renew your excitement for gardening

It’s show time. This week marks the beginning of the 29th annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show, which kicked off Wednesday and will run through… Continue reading

Mid-winter gardens can have surprising transformations

I just returned from spending two deliciously warm and sunny weeks in Mexico while the rest of you endured Snowmageddon, along with some nasty freezes,… Continue reading

The gardener’s February to-do list (part 2)

Yes, this is a continuation of my to-do list from last week with more chores to work on. Time to roll up those sleeves, put… Continue reading