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Evenings By the Outdoor Fire

Summer has drawn to a close here in the Pacific Northwest, but that does not mean we are ready to head indoors!  Living in a temperate region, we often welcome lovely early autumns.  The peace of a crisp evening, a warm beverage, perhaps a s’more or two, and the warm glow of a fire is…


7 Ways to Keep Weeds from Taking Over Your Garden

Along with the beautiful, long, and sunny days of summer, come a few less than welcome guests: weeds. Taking care of them can be a daunting task. If you’ve ever tried pulling weeds out of planting beds or the lawn, you will know that they have decidedly earned their name. Removing them can feel like…

New Lawn, bluestone steppers and trees

Lawn Care! How natural lawn care can be simple and easy…

Pacifica Blog Post   LAWN CARE: The natural cycle of cold weather grasses in the PNW is to go dormant in summer. A year round green lawn is a social and cultural phenomenon, not a natural one, maintained through forcing growth with water and nitrogen. The desire for verdant green lawns probably stems from the…

New Work Wednesday

The mason is nearly finished with the patio and Victor, our carpenter, is starting the next stage.

New Work Wednesday

A paver patio in progress.  Our craftsmen treat every job as if it is their own.

Family Night at Swanson’s Nursery

What better way to spend a summer evening with family than Family Night at Swanson’s Nursery, next Thursday, August 17. Live music, food, and kid’s activities.  There will also be a prize drawing to benefit Whole Kids Foundation, providing school garden grants and nutrition education for schools.

New Work Wednesdays

A simple white and green palette against a hardwood screen works with the tile for a sophisticated urban courtyard


Pick of the week: Perennial Garden

This perennial garden has been in several years and the grasses and sedums blend seamlessly with the woodland setting.


New Work: Textures

We love textures- here the roughness of cedar against smooth Mexican beach pebbles and sand blasted concrete.


Pick of the week: Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis as known as a “Lenten rose” is a late-winter blooming perennial that grows large, cup-shaped, rose like flowers. The flowers usually form 1-4 clusters on thick stems and can grow to be 1.5’ tall and have an 8-10 week long bloom period. Plant the Lenten rose near the patio or walkway or plant…


Pick of the week: New Zealand Flax

Phormium tenax also known as a ‘New Zealand flax’ is an evergreen that is grown for its attractive foliage. The flax grows sword-shaped, linear bright green leaves with red-orange stripes that can grow to be 3-9 feet long. Use as a focal point for the border or at lawn’s edge where the soil is moist…


New Work: Firepit

The firepit is covered by come night fall this yard comes alive- a seat wall for sitting with a glass of wine, the firepit (pumped for gas) light up and the patio flows off of the back deck.