Day trip: Portland gardening at its best
4. Get your ideal plantPlant geeks thrill to the purple-striped leaves of Ledebouria cooperi though it’s probably too tender to survive a Northwest winter. At the other extreme, White Mountain saxifrage (Saxifraga paniculata) loves ice, but its rosettes are tempting. Fortunately, Orostachys will be right at home in your yard.
Swansons Nursery Check out the terrific selection of ferns, woody plants, perennials, and grasses. 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; swansonsnursery.com or 206/782-2543.
Baltzers Specialized Nursery Choose from more than 100 varieties of maples; also unusual conifers. Fri–Mon; 36011 State 58, Pleasant Hill, OR; 541/747-5604.
Oasis Water Gardens Find everything you need for a pond or water feature. 404 S. Brandon St., Seattle; oasiswatergardens.com or 206/767-9776.