The Garden

Many interesting and delightful gardens abound in our area — how fun to glimpse into a gardener’s back yard (or even front yard). Enjoy gardens from Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Central Kitsap, and the North end of Kitsap including Bainbridge Island. These articles are only a sample of what we have in WestSound Home & Garden magazine each issue — subscribe to the print version today to see all of what we have to offer!

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas — The Classic Flowering Shrubs

Many years ago, your grandma probably grew a hydrangea in her garden, but modern plant breeders have moved beyond simple, white snowballs. These flowering shrubs are becoming popular again, as shown by the many colorful cultivars currently being offered for sale. Once you … read more

The Drainfield and the Rose

The Drainfield and the Rose

Prior to 2011, Sally Eastman, an experienced gardener, had never grown a rose. She said recently, “I think I may have planted Rose One Hundred and One this year.” How and why did she become so bowled over by roses? The story really … read more

This autumn garden relies heavily on foliage with flowering cabbages, Agastache rugosa 'Golden Jubilee,' Swiss chard and Lonicera 'Twiggy.' Flowers are Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Aster 'Daydream.'

Consider the Leaf

"The falling leaves drift by my window. The...

Consider the leaf as the breath of life, for without plant foliage, there would be no life. The most important living components on Earth contain life-giving chlorophyll. Every breath humans take is possible because chlorophyll synthesizes the energy of the sun, water and … read more

Bewick’s wren

Small Birds with Big Voices

As summer slips into fall, bird activity in West Sound gardens and yards begins to change. Both insect-eating birds and those with a taste for ripening fruit move throughout this region. The wild and domestic fruit crops tempt birds like the robins, cedar … read more

A wilting, newly planted viburnum. New plants can dry out quickly.
Water and Wilting Plants

To Water or Not to Water?

Wilting leaves. Sooner or later, everyone who gardens — from just a single house plant to a grand vegetable patch — will encounter a droopy plant. The remedy is a universally known response: Water the plant. Pour some water on it or set … read more

The Gardens of Sam and Debi Johnson

A Forest for the Grandkids

The Gardens of Sam and Debi Johnson

“We kind of built this whole place around the grandkids,” said Sam Johnson, speaking about the 30 acres of mostly forested land near Kingston that he and his wife, Debi, purchased in 2001. The Johnsons had been living in Edmonds and were both … read more

Swainson's thrush

A Walk in the Woods

Once summer settles in, bird activity throughout the West Sound region changes. The young of most species have left the nest and are exploring their world. The adults that worked to feed and raise their families are no longer guarding territories. The bird … read more

Cottage Garden

A True Cottage Garden ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’

High school sweethearts Marion and Steve Ekberg were born and raised in the Tacoma area, spending childhoods in the woods of Minter Creek and Fox Island. In 1972, they were house hunting, looking for a place to call home and raise a family, … read more

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