Before winter comes, an item that is definitely on my plant purchase list is a sedum (common name: stonecrop), or maybe more than one. This plant is super easy-case in our zone (8) and seems to be planted happily in many street gardens in our neighborhood. Although Seattle doesn’t seem like a place where succulents would thrive, there are many varieties within the 400+ sedum family that do just fine here. I like some of the taller ones, and their colors harmonize well with so much other stuff.
This purple variety, planted on the street in full sun, is a real eye-catcher. It might be ‘Vera Jameson’ but I’m not sure:
This one, from an incredible and well-established street garden a block from our house, is in the shade, so its flowers are just now starting to turn pink in mid-September.
Blurry photo, but this one had a really soft and glowy quality, planted in filtered sun:
They do go dormant every winter, but the dead flowers are good for providing “winter interest,” especially if they last until they get a dusting of snow.
Want to see more (and better!) photos of sedums? Here is a whole site devoted to pictures of them!