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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
Heterotheca jonesii This is a must have for the dryland rock garden! Mats of silvery green covered in tiny yellow daisies all spring and summer into late fall. Thrives in the heat. 1 10
Heuchera cylindrica alpina A nice dwarf Coral Bell. Mats of tiny leaves and spikes of cream flowers in spring. This form originally from the Steens Mts in Oregon, where some plants have pink buds. 6 6
Heuchera pulchella Coral bell from New Mexico. This is a high altitude species with pink to burgundy colored hairy bells. 7 10 4
Heuchera rubescens One of the many dwarf coral bells that excel in the dry shade garden. Mats of green foliage with delicate white to pink wands of flowers in spring. 1 218 12 4
Hypericum athoum A very cute Hypericum for the partly shady rock garden. Cascading mat of round, slightly furry, light green leaves and very cute yellow flowers in spring. 3 15
Hypericum cerastoides Dwarf Hypericum forming nice dense mounds of pale grey-green foliage and yellow flowers. Can take more direct sun and heat than many of the other Hypericums. 6 18
Hypericum olympicum citrinum Mats of tiny green leaves. Large flowers in a soft luminescent pale yellow. Very nice. Will form nice ground cover if given well drained area and allowed to reseed and spread. Prefers part sun to shade, but can take full sun if needed. 12 18 6