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"Keeping the garden interesting in the winter," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

As the last of the fall color fades and our perennials melt to the ground, one would think that about all we would have to look forward to would be a bunch of sticks and dull evergreens.

In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. There is such an incredible diversity in the plant world that no one should have to suffer the fate of a dull winter garden. 

"So, how do I prune my Hydrangea?" by the Whistling Gardener

Pruning blooming shrubs shouldn’t be complicated! Generally speaking, if they bloom early in the spring before new foliage appears, we should prune them right after they finish blooming so they have all season to put on new growth and set buds for the following spring. As with all rules, there are always exceptions and this is where hydrangeas come into the picture.

Pruning blooming shrubs shouldn’t be complicated! Generally speaking, if they bloom early in the spring before new foliage appears, we should prune them right after they finish blooming so they have all season to put on new growth and set buds for the following spring.

As with all rules, there are always exceptions and this is where hydrangeas come into the picture.

"What exactly does it mean to be Drought Tolerant,” by the Whistling Gardener

Enjoy the cool mornings. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

It’s been almost five decades since I had a college level plant physiology class and studied the process of how plants move water through their vascular systems and how they adapt to drought conditions so they can survive the dry summers.

After some research, I am happy to say that the science hasn’t changed much.

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