Planning & Planting the Autumn Garden

Planning & Planting the Autumn Garden

I’ll let you in on a little gardener’s secret: late summer through early autumn is the perfect time for many kinds of garden projects, including incorporating edibles into the landscape. We are so lucky in the Pacific Northwest to be able to grow veggies nearly year-round. There are a wide variety of cool-season veggies for autumn and early-spring harvest and now is the best time to plant perennial edibles like berries as well.

Our Top Picks For August

Our Top Picks For August

August is the quintessential summer month here in the Pacific Northwest. Consistently dry, sunny, and warm, but with a slight tinge of fall in the air by the second half of the month. The sun is starting to set a little earlier, but we still have pleasantly warm summer evenings to enjoy in the garden. Flowers abound and we can enjoy sizzling colors under the sun as well as find comfort in the coolness of the shade garden. Here are some of our favorite plants for August.

Summer Showstoppers: Hydrangeas

Summer Showstoppers: Hydrangeas

There are a multitude of summer flowers, but one particular shrub always wows us with beautiful, show-stopping flowers: the hydrangea.  With long-lasting pink, red, white, chartreuse, blue, and violet flower colors, hydrangeas will look right at home in any garden. I would like to feature a few most often seen growing in PNW gardens.  

Hardy Fuchsias for Summer and Fall Blooms

Hardy Fuchsias for Summer and Fall Blooms

When planting for late-summer blooms, look no further than the hardy Fuchsia. For those with mixed garden conditions - some sun, some shade, some of everything in between - hardy Fuchsias are excellent for providing a continual source of color from late June until the first frosts of late October and November.

10 Things to Spend Your Swan Dollars On

10 Things to Spend Your Swan Dollars On

Do you have Swan Dollars lying around? Gather them all up and make a trip to Swansons, because you can use them for up to half of your purchase until July 31st, even on sale items! We decided to put together a short list of items, including plants and other merchandise, that we love and are spending our Swan Dollars on this July. We hope it inspires your Swan Dollar purchases!

A Foodie's Guide to Plant Names

A Foodie's Guide to Plant Names

Plant names can be influenced by fashion, locations, people, and not surprisingly, our love for food. What better way to celebrate the summer season than by adding some plants with delightfully ‘delicious’ food-themed names to your garden. Not only will these plants add a bit of whimsy, they are also a great conversation starter! As a note, the plants mentioned in this blog are meant for admiring and not intended for eating. Enjoy!

Our Top Picks For July

Our Top Picks For July

Summer has arrived (despite a recent cooling of the weather, as per usual over the 4th of July holiday) and the garden is in high gear. It’s beginning to feel like the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor (literally and figuratively). Our top picks for July are plants that come into their own at the height of summer, offering bright colors, beautiful blooms, a tropical vibe, and often, intoxicating aromas. Let the sun shine, the garden grow, and the gardener relax and enjoy!

Best Watering Practices for Your Northwest Garden

Best Watering Practices for Your Northwest Garden

Do you know what the No. 1 cause of poor health or death of plants (especially new plantings) is? It's not disease. Not unexpected freezes. Not mistakes made during planting. Watering, you say??? Aww, you looked at the title of the post — yes, it's insufficient or incorrect watering. These living organisms you've just planted can be delicate and demanding, and neglecting their water needs, even briefly, can undo all your hard work getting them planted.

Choosing The Right Container For Your Garden

Choosing The Right Container For Your Garden

Containers allow you to place a little garden anywhere you like. However, when you're faced with a sea of pottery options, it can seem daunting to find the perfect one. We love to help our customers design and grow their gardens. We're always happy to help you select your container in person, but here are a few things to think about if you want to get a jump start on making the best choice for your garden!