A couple of weeks ago* we planted a fig tree. I know, it's a little optimistic to think we can grow figs, but we just had to give it a try. It's a newly introduced, super hardy variety called Violetta which is expected to be quite sucessful here in the northwest. So far it is doing very well, it actually has a fig on it already!
As you can see from the picture, we planted it close to the south wall of the house, it's actually under the sunshade/eave as well as near the foundation drain so hopefully it will not get either too wet or too cold. This is a very sunny spot, and with the heat reflected back from the wall of the house I'm hoping we can not only keep it alive an healthy but actually ripen some fruit! The plan is to train it as an espalier on the trellis, keeping it small enough that we can wrap it with straw to insulate it in the winter if necessary.
*I'm a little late posting this, I actually uploaded this picture a couple weeks ago but then forgot to actually finish & publish the post. Whoops.