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Swansons' Staff Favorites: Gardening Tools

Swansons' Staff Favorites: Gardening Tools

We're on the forefront of our planting season and we're eager to get our hands back into the soil. Before we can get our gardens going, we're pulling out our favorite tools. Our tools are our back-saving prized possessions, and we want to tell you about our favorite ones!

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

There were so many great blog posts on Digging Deeper in 2017 that it was hard to pick our favorites, but here is a selection of 10 posts that were entertaining, informative, and helpful. Enjoy!

In Search Of Cacti: One Woman's Quest For The Perfect Houseplant

In Search Of Cacti: One Woman's Quest For The Perfect Houseplant

Hi, I'm Mollie! In my short tenure as Swansons' indoor plant and pottery buyer, I have had one goal: to find a source for the hot new plant everyone needs for their living room. And that plant is a Cactus! I don't mean just your regular run-of-the-mill cactus in a four-inch pot, no no. I’m talking about big, juicy, tall, spiky cacti that can take your pad from drab to fab (#jungalowstyle, anyone?) in an instant.

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!

The Root Of Everything: Soils, Amendments & Mulches

The Root Of Everything: Soils, Amendments & Mulches

Soil really is at the root of everything in the garden. Without healthy soil, plants will not thrive. Period. Whether you are planting in containers or directly into the garden, the use of specific soils, amendments, and mulches will have immediate and lasting benefits! Here are a few of our favorite soils, amendments, and mulches, plus how and when to use them.

The Four-Season Fragrance Garden: Spring & Summer

The Four-Season Fragrance Garden: Spring & Summer

We all know that roses and lilies smell amazing, but here is a collection of annuals, perennials, and shrubs you may not be as familiar with and which will bring unique and evocative fragrances to your garden throughout the year. 

My Favorite Roses

My Favorite Roses

I'd like to share my observations about some of my favorite roses, which I currently enjoy both in the garden and in bouquets at home. The first rose I planted was 'Altissimo' because I thought it best to start with a red rose.  By autumn of that year, I was sold on roses. The rose grew about 6 feet, had large deep red flowers that continued to bloom all summer, a moderate fragrance and large hips of a glowing orange suitable for fall bouquets.

7 Pacific Northwest Garden Trends For 2017

7 Pacific Northwest Garden Trends For 2017

We're ready for something new and exciting in the garden (and in our homes) this year! So we tracked down our experts, perused publications, and came up with a list of our 7 favorite trends for the new year.

The Winter Garden

As I approached the winter garden, the enjoyable scents started filling my senses. The garden was alive with various shades of flowering hamamelis (witch hazels) and the Garrya ellipitica was feeling proud to display its sensuous catkins letting me know the alders will be soon to follow.