Plant shopping while in Portland?
You’ll want to plan a stopover at one of the Portland area’s most enticing plant emporiums:
Cistus Nursery, operated by plantsman extraordinaire, Sean Hogan;
author of Trees For All Seasons … & … Flora: The Gardener’s Bible.
I reconnected with Sean during a trip to Portland, and reveled in the opportunity to revisit his Portland home. Its well-known, head-turning parkway and lush front yard plantings were featured in my book, Gardenwalks in the Pacific Northwest. Sean’s private garden in the rear of the house is an intimate, visually exciting space teeming with rare plants.
After catching up on the changes since my last visit, we made our way 20 minutes north of Portland to Cistus on Sauvie Island, a bucolic landscape of you-pick organic farms to delight foodies, beach camping, and a marina situated along the Multnomah Channel.
The Cistus nursery set-up is instructive and informative, with signage that helps to explain plant groupings and cultural needs. If you’ve a passion for plants, Cistus might prove irresistible, with arrays of exceptional species and cultivated varieties.
Stroll through the nursery’s borders and you’ll discover a wealth of specimens with uncommon foliage and flowers; rare trees that demand pride of place as focal points; shrubs and succulents for varied habitats and garden conditions.
Drought tolerant plants are becoming ever more popular, as the issue of global warming comes to the fore, and concern for water usage increases.