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Protect Your Plants This Summer: 7 Water-Wise Tips

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 long, dry summer, so get out there and water! Here are 7 water-wise tips to make watering your garden easy and effective.

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Plant a Pride Rainbow Garden!

Happy Pride Month! Why not show your pride with a rainbow garden? Rainbow gardens can be as flashy or as subtle as you would like, depending on the design and the plants you choose. It’s a great way to add a “wow” factor to the garden and a fun project to do with kids as […]

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Pruning Lilacs

We love our lilac shrubs with their exemplary fragrance in May but almost any lilac that has not been pruned for two years or more is likely to have flowers up high, out of optimal sniffing range. Pruning can help keep your lilac to a manageable size, accentuate its lovely form, and improve flowering. Sometimes, […]

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10 Best Late-Spring Flowers

Can you believe it’s almost June? The most recognizable “spring” flowers – tulips, lilacs, azaleas – have finished blooming or are beginning to fade and a host of new flowering plants are ready to take the baton for the race into summer. Here are some of our favorite late spring flowers; some even keep blooming […]

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The Lure of the Japanese Garden

From an overarching perspective, the underlying principles of Japanese garden design are meant to create spaces that offer touchpoints with nature. Their design is intended to provide an opportunity for a closer interaction with natural processes while engendering a sense of peace and spiritual renewal. Here are some simple design techniques to consider in order […]

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How to Repot a Plant

In this post, I’m repotting a very rootbound Marble Queen Pothos plant. I’ll walk you through all the steps for a successful repotting. These steps are essentially the same for all types of indoor and outdoor plants, so you can take these tips and use them for any potted plant.

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The Best Tomatoes to Grow (For Every Space, Taste, and Temperament)

For many of us, the choice of which tomatoes to grow can be daunting. We’ve boiled down the tomato decision process into a few helpful questions and our suggestions: a secret (tomato) sauce, if you will, of how to make the right choice for your individual tomato needs. At the end of this post are […]

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Reading the Signs

Let’s be honest — navigating the plant selection at Swansons is, at times, bewildering, with the astounding array of plants that circulate here. We continually strive to get up-to-date plant information to you so you make the best choices for your garden. Over the last 25 years we have created informational; signs for as many […]

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How to Garden in Planter Boxes

Spring gardening is in full swing and we’ve teamed up with our friends at Dunn Lumber to bring you a great DIY building and gardening project you can do at home – no backyard needed! Kirsten will teach you how to make two wooden planter boxes. I’ll help you decide what to plant in them […]

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Starting a Vegetable Garden

No matter whether this is your first-ever vegetable garden or just the first time planting this year, if you take a little time to prepare before you plant, everything will go more smoothly and you’ll be more successful. Here are a few simple things to consider when starting a vegetable garden this spring.

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