Steve Aitken

Steve Aitken is the editor at large at Fine Gardening magazine.

  • ways to water

    2 Smart Ways to Water Your Garden

    If you’ve ever struggled through a dry summer with a hose in one hand and a watering can in the other, desperately trying to keep up so that your plants…

  • Tidy Tray

    Seed-Starting Gadgets

    Starting your own seeds is a great way to get a lot of plants for little money. But from sowing tiny seeds to prying seedlings out of flimsy plastic trays,…

  • How-To

    How to Prune Bigleaf Hydrangeas

    Almost everybody is enchanted by the large, mophead blooms of bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla and cvs., Zones 4–9). And it seems that almost everybody who grows these flowering shrubs has…

  • Design

    A garden design expert on ground covers, lower maintenance, and “mean-spirited” garden steps

    If you had a few minutes to talk with an award-winning garden designer, what would you ask? Our Editor At Large, Steve Aitken, was fortunate enough to get some time…

  • annuals in the garden

    Adding Annuals to Your Garden: Six Inventive Ideas

    We’ve all seen them: the giant swaths of annuals demanding our attention with their ostentatious colors—in parking lots, at park entrances, lining the walkway to every local bank. They are…

  • Design

    A Fool and His Garden | Letter from the Editor

    I can vividly recall a certain day from second grade. I was trying to make an ice fort for my GI Joes out of the contents of a huge jar…

  • Design

    How to Create an Easy Water Feature

    If you have ever been to a garden with a water feature, then you know how charming it can be. Water features create a quiet, contemplative mood in any space.…

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    Ideas to Spruce Up Your Shade

    Two of the ways gardens often come together are by trial and error and by chance. If you ask Barbara Weissman about the garden she and her husband, Fred, have…

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    Dahlias Don’t Ask Much | Letter from the Editor

    Sometimes I don’t notice things until someone points them out. Then I can’t stop noticing. I used to love Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” until a friend mentioned that…

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    It’s Just Business | Letter from the Editor

    I love pollinators, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, there is the whole help-plants-set-seed-natural-process-healthy-environment thing, and that is great. But I love pollinators because they are all…