Garden Design

Colorful Fall Gardens

Colorful Fall Gardens

The fall season is incredible in the Pacific Northwest, as the green leaves of summer turn to beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. Autumn is a great time to plant and refresh your fading summer garden with some trees, shrubs or perennials for a spectacular fall show.

A Visit to Fishtail Cottage

A Visit to Fishtail Cottage

One of the perks of working at Swansons is being able to visit PNW gardens. While the majority of gardens we visit are public, it’s always a treat to visit personal gardens and explore what local gardeners are doing in their private spaces. Nestled in an ordinary block north of Seattle, there is a floriferous wonderland called Fishtail Cottage. Complete with a white picket fence, romantic cottage garden flowers, and a bevy of animal greeters, you might feel like you have wandered out of the suburbs and into a modern fairy tale land.

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! 

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:

A Pollinator Garden at Swansons

A Pollinator Garden at Swansons

On a late-summer day of 2015, a windstorm roared through Swansons. Near the southeastern portion of the property, a fence draped with mature Vitis (Grapes) and Rosa (Roses) came crashing down and was then removed. Over time, Swansons thought about plans for the almost 100ft long empty space and by 2017 it was finally time to begin.

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.

Meet Swansons' Container Design Team!

Meet Swansons' Container Design Team!

Our team of designers offers a breadth of expertise to help you make your living space an oasis. They create artisan containers and even offer in-home installation for larger projects! Check out their unique styles and learn more about each of our designers...

Planting Your Mid-Century Modern House

Planting Your Mid-Century Modern House

So, you’ve decided to move into a Mid-Century Modern living space? You love the clean lines, bright open spaces, the futuristic optimism, that color combo of warm pastels and earth tones... But what about the garden? What plants would fit into a Modern setting?