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Langley Fine Gardens Pt. 1 – Early Spring Favorites

Sky Nursery has always been proud to partner with a rich community of local growers offering high-quality plants raised by and for our Pacific Northwest climate. You can check out some of our favorite sustainable and locally-grown seed companies in our blog post here. Today though, we get to share the exciting early spring arrivals… […]

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USDA Zone Changes – How Does this Affect NW Gardeners?

On November 15, 2023, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued an update to its Hardiness Zone Map, moving the Shoreline/North Seattle area from Zone 8b to 9a. The map has long been a useful tool for gardeners to determine which perennial plants are likely to survive their region’s coldest temperatures. Zones are assigned… […]

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Camellias – Types & Great Varieties at Sky for 2024

The camellia is the acknowledged queen of Seattle’s winter gardens. Camellias can grow into regal and commanding twenty-foot shrubs if you give them the room and time, or you can keep many varieties in containers or constrained spaces as a more modest accent plant. Their glossy evergreen foliage is attractive year-round in the landscape, but… […]

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New Rose Varieties – 2024

Looking to buy a rose from Sky Nursery? Once a year in February, we receive HUGE deliveries of over 300 rose varieties, including David Austin, Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Grandiflora, Shrub, Climbing roses – and more! This year, we have several exciting varieties we haven’t carried before, some new to the industry and others new to… […]

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Don’t Fear The Fungi

By Gina Jones Here come the mushrooms With our long hot summers we almost forget what rain feels like! But now along with the fall rains, comes the mushrooms. Several days after the first soaking rain of the fall, I start to see mushrooms pushing their way through the grass and dried leaves in my… […]

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Winter Bird Watching & Care in the Pacific Northwest

One of the greatest joys of a PNW garden in the colder months of the year is getting to observe winter bird species from the coziness of your own home. (Especially if you have a curious cat to birdwatch with you!) And, there are a LOT of things you can do as a gardener to… […]

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Sky Staff Favorites for Fall: What Can I Plant Now?

As things quiet down and we settle in for the wet season ahead, we’re taking a little time to share a short list of the perfect fall plants to fill in an empty spot in the garden for fall and winter interest. We asked our staff straight up: What plants do we have this season… […]

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Japanese Maples: Our Favorites for Fall 2022

Japanese maples are a diverse family of deciduous trees, adored for their beautiful foliage and graceful structure. There is huge variation in height, growth form, leaf shape, foliage coloring, and bark appearance, making Japanese maples a versatile option for any garden. Maples thrive in rich well-draining soil and in sun to part shade conditions, both… […]

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How to Plant in the Summer (Without Killing Your Plants)

  The best transplanting weather is cool and wet, but sometimes there are good reasons to plant during hot and dry weather. In the Pacific Northwest where we regularly experience drought from July well into September, knowing how to help plants cope in these conditions is an essential gardening skill. If you find yourself needing… […]

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The Dance of the Veggies P2: Crop Rotation

Many gardeners have heard that crop rotation is a good idea, but there’s a lot of confusion out there over how to make it happen. Especially when you’re working with a city-sized space or a container garden, a lot of advice you’ll find out there can sound impossible to follow. But, once you understand the… […]

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