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Fall Favorites: Trees & Shrubs

Each season, our plant buyers seek out the most beautiful and interesting plants from our local growers. Fall is the time not only to find trees and shrubs with gorgeous fall foliage and flowers but also those that can be planted now for rewards next spring and summer. We talked with our tree and shrub […]

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Fall Favorites: Perennials & Annuals

Each season, our plant buyers seek out the most beautiful and interesting plants from our local growers. Our annuals and perennials departments are filled with gorgeous foliage and blooming plants for fall and winter, so we asked our buyers which ones are their favorites for 2022. Here is what’s catching their eye.

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Your September Checklist for Fall and Winter Houseplant Care

I know, I know…we still have a little while to enjoy warm summer days, late sunsets, and meals al fresco. But your houseplants will be forever grateful (and you will be too, by default) if you follow these simple guidelines that will prepare them to happily snuggle in for fall and winter.

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7 Things We’re Buying With Our Swan Dollars

Do you know about Swansons’ Swan Dollars? This fabulous tradition is our way of saying “thank you” for shopping with us in the spring. Each April, May, and June, you collect Swan Dollars on every purchase you make. In July, it’s time to gather them all up and visit Swansons to redeem them. You can […]

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11 Flowers That Attract Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Pollinators come in all shapes and sizes: bees, moths, butterflies, beetles, flies, and even bats, just to name a few. Knowing which plants serve our pollinators the best helps create a healthy and vibrant ecosystem where flora and fauna thrive. It also creates a diverse and beautiful garden for us to enjoy. Here are a […]

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7 Water-Wise Tips to Protect Your Plants This Summer

When the weather is hot and dry, it’s important to protect your plants and keep them healthy. Even established plants, like street trees, suffer from a dry summer, so get out there and water! Here are 7 water-wise tips to keep your plants hydrated and make watering your garden easy and effective.

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Container Design for Sun: Simple Style Solutions

Choosing the plants for a container garden arrangement can sometimes seem daunting. How do you decide which plants will create the multidimensional masterpiece you envision? It can be helpful to use a concept that breaks down the design process by categorizing plants into three categories: thrillers, fillers, and spillers.

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Flowers for Shade Gardens

When you imagine a shade garden, do you mostly picture foliage plants and a lack of bright colors? While foliage plants are the foundation of any shade garden, there is an abundance of flowers that offer beautiful blooms in shady conditions. Here are 15 of our favorite flowers for shade.

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Pruning Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons, arguably the Maritime Northwest’s most beloved plants, can vary from two-foot-high dwarf shrubs to 30-foot trees. Most varieties don’t typically need a lot of pruning for their first several years but over time, many rhodies grow a dense weave of thick-wooded branches, and the thought of pruning one can intimidate all but the most […]

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