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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
Delosperma ashtonii A dwarf iceplant from the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa. Flowers are bright pink with a white center, and quite striking. Excellent for sunny troughs. 4 12 6
Delosperma basuticum Dense clumps of succulent triangular green leaves on a very dwarf and compact delosperma. Exquisite yellow flowers with a white eye. We have not grown it in the open garden, but it is very nice in pots. 1 4 5
Delosperma Ouberg Another charming dwarf iceplant from South Africa. Small pickle like leaves form a dense mat graced with cute white flowers in summer. 2 10 5
Delosperma ‘Beaufort West’ Charming succulent forms dense green mounds with 1 inch wide pink, white-eyed flowers from spring until frost, even if hot and dry. Very cute. 2 10 5
Delosperma ‘Mesa Verde’ This iridescent, salmon-pink-flowered sport is vigorous, compact and floriferous. The shimmering flower color has to be seen to be believed. It appeared amongst seedlings of D. cooperi at the Denver Botanical Garden. 2 12 4
Dianthus 'Eileen Lever' A hybrid of Dianthus erinaceus that forms dark green prickly buns with bright pink flowers that are much larger than the species. We like this one a lot. 3 12
Dianthus arpadianus pumilus Worth growing just for the absolutely perfect buns of tiny dense green leaves. Decked out with small pink flowers in spring. A precious plant native to mediterranean rocky slopes. One of our absolute favorites. As Dianthus go, fairly gopher resistant due to the prickly leaves. 3 6 4
Dianthus erinaceus Possibly my favorite Dianthus. Hard spiny domes of green, dotted with stemless dark pink flowers in early summer. A Turkish delight worth testing for deer resistance. Very tough and relatively gopher resistant as well due to prickly leaves. 3 15 4
Dianthus haematocalyx pindicola Delightful alpine Dianthus forms tiny grey green mounds. The mounds expand with luminous red-rose flowers in late spring. Keeps blooming even in the heat. A favorite from the Balkan Mts. 3 8 5
Dianthus subacaulis Dense spiny grey mounds with small pink flowers on delicate stems. Endemic to hot dry southwestern alps. 4 5 3