evergreen shrubs

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:

Ten Trees and Shrubs for a Small, City Garden

Ten Trees and Shrubs for a Small, City Garden

Welcome to garden designer and guest blogger Karen Hugg, who shares her favorite trees and shrubs for small spaces!

What should you plant if you have a 15-foot by 20-foot yard? If you have only a patio with a brief border around it? There are many dwarf and narrow versions of trees and shrubs that homeowners can use to create an interesting, colorful garden. Here are some of my favorites.

Planting A Boxwood Hedge With #heyswansons

Planting A Boxwood Hedge With #heyswansons

What do you do when your unruly rose bed needs something a little formal to rein it in and give it year-round appeal? Alexandra Hedin reached out to us at #heyswansons for some help, and documented the creation of her new boxwood hedge in a fabulous how-to video!

Top Plants For Tough Spots

Top Plants For Tough Spots

For a tough spot, sometimes you just need a tough but easy-going plant. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for unattractive or boring. Try these beautiful, high-performing plants for year-round interest and worry-free care. They are some of my personal favorites, put to the test in my Northwest garden.

The Virtues Of Charity

The Virtues Of Charity

Greetings from the depths of winter. January in Puget Sound country. Dark in the morning. Dark in the afternoon. And it's mostly dreary in between. As a saving grace, our relatively moderate winter temperatures offer a hospitable climate for a dazzling array of winter blooming shrubs. And there is no better winter bloomingshrub for greater Pugetopolis than Mahonia x media 'Charity'.