Home and garden

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.


Garden clubs in Snohomish and Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood;…


Great Plant Pick: Rhododendron “Blue Danube,” evergreen azalea

What: Rhododendron “Blue Danube” is a selection of evergreen azalea that becomes…


What’s a phonolamp? Thomas Edison’s lamp with phonograph as base

The combination phonograph-lamp, designed in about 1920, was made to be kept in the living room.

Planting season: May isn’t the only month we can plant gardens

There’s no rush to get buying and digging — you have all summer long to do it.

Unusual pair of Moorish chairs make for great accent piece

Made in the unfamiliar style, the seats were carved, ebonized and have mother-of-pearl inlay.

Plant sales kick off Snohomish County’s gardening season

Take your pick: Here is The Herald’s annual list of sales spanning April, May and June.

Four must-have flowers, vines and grasses for the May garden

Steve Smith recommends planting these eye-popping plants to add interest this month.

Great Plant Pick: Primula gold-laced group, gold-laced primula

The eye-catching flowers of gold-laced primula have been cherished for centuries.

Mermaid iron sprinkler proves to be a pricey collectable

Collectors look for figurals of monkeys, frogs, ducks, alligators and even a cowboy with lasso.

Pollinator gardens: Bees need these three things to survive

Here’s how gardeners can add food, shelter and water to their own yards to support pollinators.

A life-long gardener shares the simple joys of gardening

Steve Smith is happiest when weeding, pruning, fertilizing, mulching and planting new plants.

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Northwest Green Home Tour: This year’s tour includes a home with an urban garden oasis in Edmonds. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to… Continue reading

Special flags have honored fallen service members since World War I

Gold- and Blue-Star flags must be displayed according to strict guidelines.

Great Plant Pick: Buxus sempervirens, common boxwood

It’s an elegant shrub that has been used in gardens for centuries.

How to make the most of your small garden space

Containers, smart design and savvy plant choices are the key to a small garden with big impact.

Tiffany’s many creations fetch top dollar on antique market

His lamps and more are highly prized today, but they fell out of favor shortly after his death.

Does gravel help with pot drainage? Gardening myths debunked

Steve Smith has been gardening for most of his life — so he’s heard all sorts of wives’ tales.

Great Plant Pick: Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Purple Prince’

What: Epimedium grandiflorum “Purple Prince” has striking dark red-purple flowers with white tipped spurs in the springtime. The leaves morph from green flushed with red… Continue reading