Richie Steffen

Richie Steffen

Richie Steffen is executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle.

  • 4 Must-Have Plants for the Northwest
    Southwest 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…

  • Downy Clematis
    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,…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    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…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Tough Plants—Northwest

    See regional picks for tough pretty plants, and read the article by Julie Lane Gray for even more ideas. It’s important to define first what I mean by a “tough”…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Seasonal Combo—Northwest

    1. ‘All Gold’ Japanese Forest Grass Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ Zones: 5–8 Size: 12 to 15 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; fertile, well-drained soil…

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    Regional Picks: Showy Shrubs – Northwest

    See regional picks for showy shrubs, and read the article by Paul Cappiello for even more ideas. “Show-stopping shrubs—you know the kind. You’re leading a group of friends around the…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Fantastic Fall Interest – Northwest

    Everyone enjoys spring gardens, with the fresh foliage and colorful flowers that lift our spirits after a long, dull winter. And summer gardens are glorious, of course, with an abundance…

  • Cascade Oregon Grape
    Northwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade – Northwest

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

  • Boone Gladiolus
    Northwest Regional Reports

    Underused Perennials for the Northwest

        1. Hardy Begonia Name: Begonia grandis Zones: 6–9 Size: 24 to 30 inches tall and wide Conditions: Morning sun or dappled shade; consistently moist, well-drained soil Native Range:…

  • Golden Spreader Nordmann Fir
    Northwest Regional Reports

    Conifers for Gardens in the Northwest

    See regional picks for conifers, and read the article by Andrew Brand for even more ideas. “Evergreen conifers provide the bones for any landscape. They offer a variety of colors,…