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The Plants of Granite Gardens

We started propagating plants in a desperate attempt to find more plants that would be appropriate for dry Sierra Foothill gardens. We have had many failures but also many successes.
The main purpose of this website is to share our experience with you. Our Plant Database information on many of the plants we have succeeded with. Look for the code TNT throughout the database to indicate plants that are "Tried and True" in the Sierra Foothills. These are plants that have proven easy or reliable in gardens known to us.
You can navigate through our database of plants by using the alphabetical index on the sidebar. (The letter corresponds to the Genus.)
Or, if you are patient, by using the numerical pager on the bottom.

Plant Description
Campanula coriacea Dense tufts of leathery leaves withpanicles of lilac blue bells 7 6 5
Campanula dolomitica Mound of grey green leaves and spires of creamy flowers in spring. One of the few perennial Campanulas that thrive in our hot dry gardens. 8 5
Campanula hawkinsiana This is an exquisite Campanula from Greece and Albania. Deep purple flowers with dark veining over mat of dark green. Said to be short-lived in many climates, but self-seeds well. We treat it as an annual and let it seed about. In the right location, it blooms for a ridiculously long time. 5 8 6
Campanula kemulariae Shiny green heart-shaped leaves and clusters of mauve bells. Spreads gently by creeping rootstock. Can take drier conditions than many Campanulas, given part shade conditions and rocks to creep around. My favorite campanula. 8 24 TNT 4 DR
Cercis occidentalis One of our most beautiful native tree/shrubs. Attractive heart shaped green leaves emerge after the spectacular spring display of deep rose pink flowers. Ornamental bean like seed pods linger later. In our area, hardy to about 4500’. Sun or shade. Highly recommended. Seed grown from local populations. 5 gal pots. 168 100 7
Clematis scottii A small bush clematis from Colorado. Deep blue/purple bell lanterns followed by ornamental feathery seed heads. 20 13 5
Clematis columbiana A very small bush Clematis from Utah. Violet pendant flowers hover over a few incised leaflets. 7 5 3
Clematis hirsutissima A western bush clematis with dissected hirsute foliage under blue purple pendant flowers. Quart pots. 13 6 5
Clematis integrifolia Bell shaped nodding violet flowers on this non-climbing clematis from Hungary. Good for rambling through or around other plants. We were frankly rather surprised that it lived in our garden, but it did. Supposedly it likes moist conditions. You could have fooled me. It may be due to its placement on the north side of a large boulder. 30 30 4
Clematis lasiantha Our beautiful native Clematis. Tall vines will grow up fences, trees, trellis, or other shrubs. Clouds of white flowers in spring followed by fluffy seedheads. In deep quart pots. 100 36 0