Home and garden

Thinking of remodeling your kitchen or bath? Here are tips

For one thing, contractors are very busy. They might not call you right back or get there on time.

 

Great Plant Pick: Aster lateriflorus ‘Prince,’ calico aster

In early fall, cloud-like starry white flowers blushed with pink and purple cover the plant.

 

Halloween memorabilia is 4th in popularity with collectors

The holiday formerly known as Allhallows Eve is behind Christmas, Fourth of July and Easter.

 

Ian Terry / Herald file Fungi grows on a tree and offers a taste of autumn colors to come along the Woody Trail at Wallace Falls State Park near Gold Bar on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Photo taken on 09172015

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Fall into Focus: October’s Seattle Home Show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Oct. 21 at the… Continue reading

Ian Terry / Herald file Fungi grows on a tree and offers a taste of autumn colors to come along the Woody Trail at Wallace Falls State Park near Gold Bar on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Photo taken on 09172015

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.

Great Plant Pick: Enkianthus perulatus, white enkianthus

The fall color of this slow-growing shrub is a screaming scarlet red — a real standout in the garden.

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.

‘Foot Art’ table may just be the strangest you’ve ever seen

It has a flat top, one drawer with a human nose for a handle, and a resin foot for the base.

Great Plant Picks: Vitis coignetiae, crimson glory vine

This spreading vine is quite the climber: It can grow to be 60 feet tall when mature.

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.

Great Plant Pick: Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Repens,’ groundcover

Commonly called spreading willowleaf cotoneaster, this shrub needs plenty of room to grow.

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Arboretum tour: Tour the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens with arboretum president Trevor Cameron from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept 25. Learn how volunteers transplant plants,… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Colchicum ‘The Giant,’ autumn crocus

Although commonly referred to as autumn crocus, Colchicums are not closely related to true crocus.

Marlies Egberding and Ritch Sorgen at their home on Sept. 5, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Historic houses on Everett tour standing the test of time

The Historic Everett Home Tour is Sept. 8 and features six homes built between 1909 and 1924.

Marlies Egberding and Ritch Sorgen at their home on Sept. 5, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Great Plant Pick: Aster x frikartii “Jungfrau,” Frikart’s aster

Frikart’s aster has an extraordinarily long bloom period, from late July into early October.

Tiny homes: Owning houses the size of your average living room

The first rule of living small is getting rid of everything except the essentials.

Great Plant Pick: Schizophragma hydrangeoides “Moonlight,” Japanese hydrangea vine

What: A self-clinging and well-behaved vine, the Schizophragma hydrangeoides “Moonlight” is unique for the silver moonlight patterns on its leaves. Where: Japanese hydrangea vine, its… Continue reading

A bee looks for pollen in the center of an orchette dahlia, commonly called “Fancy Pants”, at the home of Snohomish County Dahlia Society’s president Alli Richards on Thursday, Aug. 16 in Everett. The Snohomish County Dahlia Show is this weekend. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Showtime for ‘dazzling dahlias’

The 109th annual Snohomish County Dahlia Show happens this weekend in Everett.

A bee looks for pollen in the center of an orchette dahlia, commonly called “Fancy Pants”, at the home of Snohomish County Dahlia Society’s president Alli Richards on Thursday, Aug. 16 in Everett. The Snohomish County Dahlia Show is this weekend. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

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.

Great Plant Pick: Waldsteinia ternata, barren strawberry

This strawberry-like spreading perennial will form a low, tight-knit groundcover over time.