Richie Steffen

Richie Steffen

Richie Steffen is a contributing editor and the executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle.

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    Northwest Regional Reports

    Late-Winter and Early-Spring Bloomers for the Northwest

    In Jason Reeves' article Plants That Bloom in Late Winter or Early Spring, he discusses how plants that bloom during the coldest time of the year, often go underappreciated: "Some…

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    Northwest Regional Reports

    Unusual Fall Perennials for the Northwest

    In Andy Brand's article Unusual Fall Perennials, he discusses some out-of-the-box plant picks for this spectacular time in the garden: "As we reluctantly accept the inevitable and begin preparing our…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Plants for the Northwest to Add to Your Shopping List

    Whether you're walking through your local garden center, flipping through the pages of your favorite catalog, or scrolling the website of an online retailer, the sheer number of plant choices…

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    How-To

    Making the Most of Microclimates in the Winter Garden

    Every garden has microclimates—small spaces that stay a little warmer or don’t catch the cold north winds, allowing you to grow a more delicate plant or provide extra care for…

  • Winter Interest From the Ground Up
    Design

    Winter Interest From the Ground Up

    As the last autumn leaves reluctantly drop and as bare seed heads stand tall in the field, we can no longer deny that winter is upon us. Our lush summer…

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    Shrubs for Small Spaces in the Northwest

    Mark Weathington, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, discusses several small shrub varieties that provide big interest in a petite package as…

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    Design

    A Variegated Shrub With a Long Season of Interest

    I vividly remember my first encounter with Japanese summersweet (Clethra barbinervis, Zones 5–8). The local arboretum had a few large mature specimens that I stumbled across when they were starting…

  • 4 Must-Have Plants for the Northwest
    Northwest Regional Reports

    4 Must-Have Plants for the Northwest

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

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    Northwest Regional Reports

    4 Outstanding Spring Plants for the Northwest

    We all have certain plants that immediately come to mind when thinking of a garden in spring. For many, these are daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths skirting the trunks of flowering magnolias,…

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    Best Native Woodies for the Northwest

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…