July Tips for nw gardeners



Your plants need water to thrive, especially annuals and those newly planted. Containers are especially vulnerable to drying out in hot summer weather and may need to be watered daily, depending on their size.

Learn more about the Best Watering Practices for Your Northwest Garden or check out these 7 Water-Wise Tips.

Many perennials that attract pollinators are now in bloom! Try these 7 Perennials to Bring Pollinators to Your Garden. Many flowers attract other beneficial insects. Here is Annick's Short & Sweet List to Attract Beneficial Insects

Love a fragrant garden? Read about our favorite scented plants for spring and summer.


We are lucky to be able to grow vegetables throughout the year in the Pacific Northwest. Even if you have a shadier garden, there are still veggies that will succeed. Learn about Shade-Friendly Veggies and Herbs.

Be sure you are harvesting your vegetables and fruit regularly! Summer vegetables will produce more if picked at least 2-3 times per week.

Hilary Dahl and Kellie Phelan of Seattle Urban Farm Company share their favorite Flowers to Enhance Your Vegetable Garden. And check out this post on the Secrets of Companion Planting to attract pollinators and deter pests. 

Check our blog category Edible Gardening for helpful posts about all things edible.


Summer is a good time to fertilize your actively growing indoor plants with a fertilizer formulated specifically for them. Be sure to follow the directions on the product label for best results.

Learn more about the Proper Care and Feeding of Indoor Plants.

Fiddle leaf figs have a reputation as temperamental, but with the right care, your fig can thrive! On the blog: How to care for your fiddle leaf fig.




In summer, lawns need approximately 1" of irrigation per week to stay green and healthy!

If you plan to let your lawn go dormant, water about once a month to keep it from dying back completely. Also, try to stay off dormant lawns as much as possible. 



Plant Care Library

At Swansons, we’re dedicated to growing the smartest, hippest, and healthiest gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. Below is a library filled with pages on what we grow in Seattle. Just remember, we were all novices once, and no one knows it all. So enjoy, keep learning, and happy gardening!

Looking for more Pacific Northwest gardening resources? Here is a list of our community partners.