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How to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs

Fall is THE time to plant bulbs like Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, Hyacinth, and many other spring-bloomers. Many people also ask about summer-blooming bulbs, such as Dahlias, Lilies, and Gladiolus. Those varieties become available in the spring for planting. Timing Tip Bulbs get planted the season or so prior to their bloom-time. Or, another easy way […]

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Managing chafer beetles: what to do in September

What are chafer beetles and why should I care? The European chafer beetle is a serious lawn pest that is spreading and causing lots of problems throughout the Seattle area. So far, the heaviest concentrations are in the South End, such as Rainier Valley, West Seattle and Burien. The chafer beetle “could pose the biggest […]

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Heath Or Heather? Whatever!

Common names for plants can often create confusion, especially among botanical nerds like myself. The main reason we like to rattle off multi-syllabic Latin names is that there is never any question as to what plant we are talking about. In the case of common names however, many different plants can share similar common names […]

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Fall Favorites: Perennial Plants

Each season, our plant buyers seek out the most beautiful and interesting plants from our local growers. They bring in their favorites for our Fall Sale so you can keep your garden looking beautiful and find great savings. Our perennials department is filled with fall- and winter-blooming plants right now so we asked our experts […]

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The Gooder Gardener: A New Video Series by Swansons Nursery

Swansons Nursery is such a unique place that it can be difficult to capture the nature of what has kept us in business for nearly 100 years. It comes down to the funny, hardworking, and brilliant people that work at Swansons. We work hard to make our customers successful and try not to take ourselves […]

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Celebrate Summer: Inspiration for Garden Gatherings

A garden party of any size can be a wonderful way to celebrate the season of abundance. Many of us are yearning for a little jubilation now more than ever, and a garden is the perfect place to make those memories. At the same time, we may be keeping our gatherings smaller, and looking for… […]

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How to Care for Hoyas

The Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower, or just simply Hoya has made an incredible bounce back in popularity the last few years. Many refer to this amazing blooming plant as “Grandma’s Plant,” which is no longer the case. The common names derive from the look and feel of the plant. It has firm waxy leaves and […]

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Beware, Seeds Are Germinating All Around You

This little northwest mist we just experienced reminds me that this is the time of year when all those little weed seeds that have been lying dormant in our soils suddenly get a notice from Mother Nature that it is time to wake up and start growing. There are 3 environmental signals that cause this […]

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