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Workhorse Plants

Workhorse Plants

Not every plant is destined to be a Garden Superstar. Every stable needs a thoroughbred but also a team of workhorses. Every musical needs a few divas, but also a solid chorus line. Every killer app development team... okay, you get the idea. Every garden needs a few (or many) plants that might not shout for attention but do their job quietly and dependably. Here are a few of my favorites:

Our Top Picks For May

Our Top Picks For May

Is there anything more beautiful than the Seattle garden in May? Although every month has its special beauty, the May garden is bursting with new foliage and blooms. It is abundance and freshness, with the promise of summer to come. Here are a few of our favorites for the month of May.

Hellebores Galore!

Hellebores Galore!

After my garden goes to sleep in the fall I look forward to the approach of winter. Tucked among the ferns are some of my favorite winter blooming perennials: hellebores. I love seeing the evergreen leaves throughout the year and excitedly wait for flowers to emerge during a season when there is little else in bloom.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

2018 was definitely a busy year at Swansons! We wrote about many of our adventures on our blog, with topics ranging from planting a pollinator garden in the parking lot, to visiting a food forest in Bothell, to raising backyard chickens. As 2018 comes to a close, we thought we’d share some of our favorite blog posts from the year with you. We hope they can inspire you and guide you in your own gardening adventures!

A Thoughtful Holiday Gift Guide

A Thoughtful Holiday Gift Guide

We’re here to help make your holiday gift giving a breeze and, dare we say it, fun! Whether you are trying to come up with thoughtful gifts for your family, friends or coworkers (or maybe you’re shopping for yourself!), we’ve rounded up the ultimate list of our favorite presents at Swansons. We have something for everyone on your list to enjoy, whether they are a gardener or not.

Our Favorites for Late Summer to Fall

Our Favorites for Late Summer to Fall

You can feel fall in the air, but don't worry, our gardens are far from slowing down. In fact, fall is one of the loveliest times in the Pacific Northwest garden, as foliage shows spectacular color, new flowers pop-up, and certain summer plants just keep right on performing until frost. Here are a few of our favorites for the late-summer-to-fall season.

Hardy Fuchsias for Summer and Fall Blooms

Hardy Fuchsias for Summer and Fall Blooms

One late summer stunner is 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.