Warm Climate Bulb Planting

Aug 16 , 2018

P. Allen Smith

Warm Climate Bulb Planting

I’m in California, do spring flowering bulbs need to be pre-chilled in the refrigerator? When should I plant? In most areas of the country you can plant your bulbs anytime during the fall. In my zo...

When Lilies Take You By Surprise

Aug 16 , 2018

P. Allen Smith

When Lilies Take You By Surprise

As a kid, when I saw the naked ladies pop up in the yard, it was always bittersweet.  Their bold presence always made me smile, but I also knew it was almost time to go back to school. The ever-pre...

Potted Daffodil Garden

Aug 14 , 2018

P. Allen Smith

Potted Daffodil Garden

It’s hard to believe when summer comes to an end that it’s already time to start planting bulbs for spring bloom. All of our favorite bulbs – such as hyacinths, tulips, and of course, that symbol o...

Peony Planting

Aug 14 , 2018

P. Allen Smith

Peony Planting

For me, one of the peony’s biggest attractions is its long life. I’ve heard of herbaceous peonies blooming reliably for more than 50 years, sometimes outliving the gardeners who planted them! But ...

The Bare Essentials

Aug 10 , 2018

P. Allen Smith

The Bare Essentials

Somewhere between seeds and seedlings is the bare-root plant starter. It may not look as pretty as the potted plants you get in the nursery, or as promising as a fresh packet of seeds, but it’s eve...

Made in the Shade

Jul 11 , 2018

P. Allen Smith

Made in the Shade

Whenever I talk to people about their gardens, one of the most frequently asked questions is, "What can I grow in the shade?" Many homeowners view these areas of reduced light as "problem spots" an...