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Our Top Picks for September

Our Top Picks for September

You can feel fall in the air, but don't worry, our gardens are far from slowing down. In fact, September 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 September.

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!

9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

It's August and what is needed is a little late-summer color to spruce up the garden, even better if the plants continue to bloom well into fall. Luckily, there are plenty of flowers that are in their prime right now and that will keep on blooming into fall or even until frost!

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? 

Flowers to Enhance Your Vegetable Garden

Flowers to Enhance Your Vegetable Garden

Flowers add both beauty and functionality to your garden. They provide interesting colors, scents, and textures to the landscape and allow you to create beautiful homegrown bouquets all summer long.But flower power doesn’t stop there! Flowering plants attract pollinators and beneficial insects that help your fruits and vegetables develop robust harvests, and they increase the ecological biodiversity of your neighborhood.