We’re here to help make your holiday gift giving a breeze and, dare we say it, fun! Whether you are trying to come up with thoughtful gifts for your family, friends or coworkers (or maybe you’re shopping for yourself!), we’ve rounded up the ultimate list of our favorite presents at Swansons. We have something for everyone on your list to enjoy, whether they are a gardener or not.
Few plants signal that the holidays are here quite like the poinsettia. These colorful plants have a lot going for them with lush foliage that offers instant festive holiday ambiance. Whether you opt for a traditional style or take home a new variety that boasts dramatic colors and patterns, each plant has its own cheerful flair. Keep reading to learn more about why our poinsettias are top-quality, and how you can keep them looking healthy and beautiful at home.
An emerging idea as we blur the boundaries between ornamental and food gardening is the Food Forest. A project garnering recent attention is the Cascadia College (CC) Food Forest, on the campus shared by Cascadia and the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB). It is one of a few but growing number of college campuses in the U.S. which are maintained using sustainable practices and without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
Fall is here and, at this point in the season, it’s fun to start thinking about the new plants, colors, and textures for your containers so they will offer continued interest through fall, winter, and even into early spring. It’s the perfect time to get new foliage planted in the containers you would like to refresh so there can be nice root growth before frosts come.
Now that you’ve picked out some gorgeous plants to begin your escapade into the Mysterious World of Gardening, the first big question arises: “How do I properly plant these to give them a good, healthy start?” The steps described here focus on planting trees and shrubs, but are essentially the same for anything being planted in the ground, including smaller perennials and annuals.
You can feel fall in the air, but don't worry, our gardens are far from slowing down. In fact, fall 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 the late-summer-to-fall season.