Ravenna Gardens: providing plants to U Village shoppers since 1998. Photograph by Carlton Canary.
Whether you’re a green green thumb or an old-growth expert, the Seattle area’s full of plant shops that’ll help you bring the outside in (or just make the outside nicer).
Decor at this Eastside nursery is classic plant shop (think metal lawn ornaments and cheeky signage), but its gardening selection is a different beast—think tons of niche tools, herbs and seasonal veggie seeds, rare fruiting plants.
This Black- and Latinx-owned plant shop opened its doors on Juneteenth 2021 with an eye toward community building—and owners Shawn and Julissa McWashington have lived up to their promise to share the love with super accessible prices, free potting services, and a neighborhood shop that's welcoming and full of life.
Looking for a plant-filled afternoon? Brunch at Madison Valley vegetarian mainstay Cafe Flora before sauntering down the block to City People’s Garden Store (skylights, coincidentally, feature prominently in both). Grab Calibrachoa for the porch and Coffea arabica for the windowsill—plus, browse a huge selection of gifts and planters.
Lower Queen Anne
This ever-growing immigrant-owned shop packs a triple threat to remember: beautifully cared for plants, home goods from independent businesses, and some incredible gifts for fans of either (“Plant Lady” doormat, anyone?).
Florence's previous iteration as a Pioneer Square homeware boutique and interior design studio (formerly known as Fringe) shines through its black-painted floors, wealth of unfussy ceramics, and ongoing styling services. But the first thing you’ll notice—after the gentle giant of a dog greets you at the door—is owner Taylor Richardson’s prowess with plants. No, you can’t buy the decades-old Bird of Paradise that belonged to Richardson’s grandmother, but Richardson will certainly help you grow your own.
This Olive Way offshoot of the Melrose Market–adjacent stalwart has all the same cool friend vibes, but with infinitely more plants and florals lining its front windows. Shop the selection online to pick up a rare snake plant and fresh-cut florals from the shop’s ever-rotating stock.
Veer off the Burke-Gilman and into Fremont’s indoor garden oasis to find tropicals like Dieffenbachia, shelves of succulents, easy-to-care-for air plants, and enough hanging vines to turn an apartment into an arboretum—as well as the friendly experts and useful extras to help you care for it all.
This sweet-smelling, pleasantly humid shop houses perfect little specimens of string of pearls and Chinese money plants, rows of colorful pots, and an air plant station. Got room for a bigger garden? Magnolia’s also a strong advocate for urban blueberry farming and counts over 20 varieties on its potential stock list. Just think of the pies.
This shop expanded from its tiny Fremont storefront to a warehouse-style space just down the street. All the better to display and care for its extensive collection of rare, finicky plants.
A handsome snake plant from this simply named shop can live atop the side table you bought from the original Homestead furniture showroom—these sister retailers give the same attention to detail and care to their plants as they do to vintage home goods.
Head over to White Center for an expansive and affordable selection, including an entire section dedicated to baby-size versions of your favorites (“perfect for plant parents on a budget”) and simple, practical pottery (hello, drainage holes). Even if the trek’s too far, follow this shop on Instagram, stat. Owner (and master in plant physiology) Miles Jonard frequently posts instructional videos on topics from how to use fertilizer to why your plants get stressed.
Pike Place Market
The “Yes, you can bring plants on a plane” sandwich board outside the Jungle Bean’s Western Avenue storefront speaks to the shop’s tourist clientele, but locals should brave the market too—especially for the Kokedama and other plant designs. And Pablo, the adorable French bulldog who commands the floor portion of the floor-to-ceiling windows. And the ethos owner Kamille Barba hopes to instill with an upcoming rename: Kubode, a portmanteau of abode and bahay kubo, a stilt house iconic to the Philippines, paying homage to how Barba used plants to turn a studio apartment in a new country into a home away from home.
Lower Queen Anne
The skylit hole in the wall that once hosted Queen Anne Psychic couldn’t be a better spiritual fit for Nightshade Tattoo and Plants, opened during the pandemic by a couple pursuing complementary dreams. Aleisha Tilson brings intergenerational expertise to the plant side of the operation—her grandma was a Master Gardener—as well as an artful eye toward both botanicals and store setup. Trust: This is the coolest hallway in Seattle.
Looking to get all of your shopping done at U Village? This longtime locally owned garden store, more on-trend than your traditional gnome-filled shop, specializes in plants and goods—huge, gorgeous planters, coffee table books—that will fit right in with your Anthropologie haul.
Have your plants and drink them, too. Ballard's greenest boutique stocks houseplants from the quotidian (snake plants, pilea peperomioides) to the precious (Marimo moss balls) and doubles as a cafe whose matcha and espresso specials skew botanical.
Lower Queen Anne
Failed cactus ownership doesn't really mean you're less nurturing than the desert—with a little education, Kevin Cooper says succulent life is for everyone, and he's equally enthusiastic about showing off otherworldly imports as he is about getting newbies started. The only thing rarer than some of Rori Blooms' plants? The high fashion frames Cooper's husband sells in the adjacent main shop, Coopers Optique.
You could buy a potted plant—or you could head to this green thumb’s online haven and grow your own from seed. Too much of a commitment? The site also provides a bit more instant gratification with cabbage-printed phone cases and branded totes.
Wallingford’s rare plant purveyor just moved down the street from his first brick-and-mortar into a larger, airier space that’s just as overflowing with exotic flora. Come for the personality—Plant Daddy more than lives up to his name with suggestive plant selfies, branded booty shorts, and the elusive Penis Cactus (Trichocereus bridgesii). Stay for plants of all varieties that are so obviously loved.
South Lake Union
Build a bouquet of dried statice, protea, and mushrooms (yes, really) or incorporate them with fresh flowers at this boutique in the massive 400 Fairview building. Classic succulents and air plants line the shelves and floor too. For not-so-green thumbs, Verde hosts classes that vary according to the season (wreaths, bouquets, terrariums, et cetera).
Seattle’s most beloved nursery sits on five quiet acres just south of Carkeek Park. Warm, serene glass greenhouses hold dahlias and houseplants, macrame wall hangings, and clever pots. In one, there’s a cafe and a pond of enormous koi. Outside, thoughtfully organized trees and shrubs with detailed info cards. It’s worth a visit even if you’ve already filled your planters.
This spacious complex has something for every plant-related project, be it a major landscaping overhaul, home garden plot, or succulent arrangement for a friend’s birthday. The gift shop is home to houseplants, terrariums, candles, and other trinkets. And there’s free delivery to West Seattle too. Who needs the bridge, anyhow?