Container Gardening

Container Design for Sun: Simple Style Solutions

Container Design for Sun: Simple Style Solutions

Choosing the plants for a container garden arrangement can sometimes seem daunting. How do you decide which plants will create the multidimensional masterpiece you envision? 

It can be helpful to use a concept that breaks down the design process by categorizing plants into three categories: thrillers, fillers, and spillers

Modern, Monochromatic Patio Planters With Alexandra Hedin

Modern, Monochromatic Patio Planters With Alexandra Hedin

Our back patio is a large – and mostly vacant – space.  I had no idea how large until I placed our small pots from our old house on it.  They virtually disappeared.  And because the patio ends where the grass starts, they became trip hazards for anyone not paying attention. 

Beautifying Seattle, One Pot at a Time

Beautifying Seattle, One Pot at a Time

One of the exciting changes happening at Swansons this year is the creation of an in-home Container Design and Installation Service here at the nursery. This new department designs, creates and installs container gardens for Seattle-area residents and businesses, including one of Seattle's fastest-growing populations: urban dwellers who want beautiful landscaping but do not have traditional gardens.

DIY: The Lost Daibutsu

DIY: The Lost Daibutsu

My fascination with tiny worlds has never left me. Today, when I'm not writing stories set in worlds of my own creation, I am building miniature gardens. To me, miniature gardening is another form of storytelling, and like any good story, they should have a theme. The theme I have been experimenting with for the last two or three years is what I call 'The Lost Daibutsu.'