All About Annuals



Our homegrown annuals are the bedrock of our business, and now is the time to be planting them in your garden. And there’s no better way to shop for spring color or ask questions of a friendly expert than to come on over and pay us a visit.

Each year, for as long as anyone can remember, Watson’s has planted and nurtured them for our customers. And as we’ve grown, so has the space devoted to Watson’s Grown. We now boast 85,000 square feet of growing space in four different grow houses. All that space is what makes for healthy growing annuals with robust foliage and beautiful blooms to meet our customers’ high standards. Today we grow the majority of the annual plants, planters and hanging baskets we sell throughout the season.

Taylor—Dan Watson’s oldest grandchild—was the one born with the natural green thumb. Taylor is an integral part of the growing team nowadays. He finds joy in discovering new ways to improve our growing operations while also experimenting with conifer propagation.

Now that we’re open again, you can find Dan and the rest of our Watson’s Grown team’s hard at work tending to our annuals and our lush hanging baskets.

See some of our annuals here … or gawk at our hanging baskets.

For more tips and inspiration, check out our 2020-21 Magazine, available now as an electronic download only.

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2020 Magazine is here!



The mixed baskets are lush and bright. The fuchsias are bountiful. The benches and aisles are full of beautiful blooms. Spring is well underway at Watson’s. And that also means the new 2020-21 Watson’s Magazine is here!

Thankfully, we’ve been able to tend to our greenhouses while keeping ourselves—and our customers—safe and well-supplied. With online ordering, local delivery, and curbside pickup, we’ve made sure you have what you need for your garden, without cutting corners.

The new magazine—available this year only as a digital download—has a lot of goodies in it as usual, from how-tos to product features to our ever-popular four-season growing guide.

  • Watson’s Grown – learn about our time-honored tradition of growing our own annuals
  • Self-Care – a short lesson in mini-rituals for some necessary pampering
  • Garden Design – see landscape designer Jacky Fausset’s plan for a naturalistic Northwest style
  • Soil Guide – get the dirt on everything from amendments to potting soils
  • And a whole lot more...

Life is for living, and so is Watson’s. That’s why we’re pleased to be back open for business. We’re still following public health guidelines and practicing safe distancing, but now you can come on in to browse our shop, just in time to fill your space with Spring color!

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May Garden Guide

May Garden Guide

May, the gardening month! Everything is growing or ready to grow, flowering or ready to flower, fruiting or ready to fruit …. You get the picture.

Now is the time to purchase that gorgeous hanging basket for mom or for your own house, plant dahlias and glads and all the glorious summer annuals such as geraniums, marigolds, begonias, impatiens and a thousand other color spots. Whether planting in containers or in the ground, be sure to feed your annuals, weekly with Miracle-gro or monthly with an organic fertilizer such as Dr. Earth Life.

Out in the yard, it’s a good time to fertilize rhodies, azaleas, and any trees, shrubs or perennials growing in containers. It also is a good idea to check your plants carefully for problems, such as aphids, fungal issues, or just something that doesn’t look right. Do bring in pictures and/or samples to us if you have questions about what something is or why it looks a certain way.

If you grow a lot of annuals and perennials in the ground, you have probably been scouting for slugs and scattering Sluggo, be sure to re-apply at regular intervals (about every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on rainfall). Once your plants are settled in, May is a good time to mulch or bark your beds. We don’t carry bulk soil products, but we do have a nice selection of bagged bark, topsoil mixes and compost which are perfect for smaller projects and for ease of application.



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