Drought tolerant* or low water use* are terms we use often in Northwest gardening. You see them on many of our plant signs and information sheets at Swansons. More so each year, as we recognize the importance of saving water in the face of our region's growing population and potential effects of climate change. Also, we see ever more examples of how beautiful a well-designed, drought-tolerant garden can be! However, this doesn’t mean these plants don’t need water. Read on to learn the truth about helping these plants thrive.
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.
It seems like everyone at Swansons has a list of favorite tomato varieties, updated each year with new finds. These are the tomatoes that can handle a cold summer and still produce tons of fruit, the tomatoes that are so sweet our kids eat them like candy or are so unique they elicit gasps of awe from our neighbors. They are by no means the only tomatoes we recommend, just a few of our very favorites. Read on for our 8 favorites for 2018.
Kathy Boullin, a Swansons Nursery expert, recently led a seminar on planting and growing small fruits and berries in the PNW garden. It was such a great discussion about planning, planting, and caring for small fruits and berries that we wanted to share some of her expertise with you here on the blog!
The end of February through mid-March is the perfect time to start garden preparations for the coming season. The risk of severe frost is low and we get a few days that are pleasant enough to tempt us out into the garden. Pruning, garden cleanup, amending soil, and mulching will get your garden off to a great start for the season.