Hygge To Get Through The Winter

Hygge To Get Through The Winter

Browsing through Swansons’ gift shop recently, I picked up The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking. Hygge is a term which is hard to translate exactly into English, but virtually any Dane (or northern European) knows hygge or its equivalent. It's what gets them through their chilly, gray winter months.

Caring For Your Poinsettia

Caring For Your Poinsettia

Few plants signal that the holidays are here quite like the poinsettia. These colorful plants have a lot going for them with lush foliage that offers instant festive holiday ambiance. Whether you opt for a traditional style or take home a new variety that boasts dramatic colors and patterns, each plant has its own cheerful flair. Keep reading to learn more about why our poinsettias are top-quality, and how you can keep them looking healthy and beautiful at home.

An Autumn Visit To Historic Dunn Gardens

An Autumn Visit To Historic Dunn Gardens

Every once in a while you discover a true hidden treasure, an oasis of calm and beauty in the midst of a busy city. It's getting harder to find them, but they do exist. We were lucky to visit just such a place: Dunn Gardens.

Fall And Winter Prep In My Perennial Garden

Fall And Winter Prep In My Perennial Garden

It's hard to believe that after our long, extremely hot summer it's already time to start planning and prepping for the colder seasons. However, nature and the changes in the garden are telling me that it's the time to start the process

In Search Of Cacti: One Woman's Quest For The Perfect Houseplant

In Search Of Cacti: One Woman's Quest For The Perfect Houseplant

Hi, I'm Mollie! In my short tenure as Swansons' indoor plant and pottery buyer, I have had one goal: to find a source for the hot new plant everyone needs for their living room. And that plant is a Cactus! I don't mean just your regular run-of-the-mill cactus in a four-inch pot, no no. I’m talking about big, juicy, tall, spiky cacti that can take your pad from drab to fab (#jungalowstyle, anyone?) in an instant.

5 Container Gardens for Fall and Beyond

5 Container Gardens for Fall and Beyond

Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Pacific Northwest. We're fortunate to have spectacular scenery around us, and the beginnings of the rainy season bring back the bright hues of green, but sometimes our container gardens begin to feel a little flat after the colorful flowers of summer have faded. Not to worry, there are many plants that will thrive as the weather cools and offer you dynamic container gardens that will hold up all winter (even through frost)! 

A Leafy Road Trip: Visiting One Of Our Growers In Oregon

A Leafy Road Trip: Visiting One Of Our Growers In Oregon

With fall just around the corner, I accompanied our Tree and Shrub Buyer, Gabriel Maki, on a visit to a few of our favorite Oregon growers to check out some of the plants they are raising. Many of the plants we saw will be at their peak and in full bloom this fall.

9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

It's August and what is needed is a little late-summer color to spruce up the garden, even better if the plants continue to bloom well into fall. Luckily, there are plenty of flowers that are in their prime right now and that will keep on blooming into fall or even until frost!