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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
Lepechinia calycina A native shrub with soft fragrant grey green leaves. Large white flowers are blushed with lavender and similiar in shape to foxglove flowers. Hardy to -10°. 5X6 inch pots. 50 24 6
Lepechinia ganderi Shrub with slender arching branches and large white foxglove flowers. Native to rocky areas in southern California.
Lewisia brachycalyx A beautiful deciduous Lewisia from Arizona mts of So. Cal. Flat rosettes of deep green leaves and large bowl-shaped flowers of white to pink. Goes summer dormant. To our surprise, we have been able to grow this in the open garden on water every other week planted on the north side of a berm. 3 5 5
Lewisia rediviva An exquisite plant. Succulent green quill-like leaves apear in early spring, followed by large satin pink flowers that sit directly on the ground. Summer dormant. Very easy for us here in the foothills as long as you don't water it. 2 3
Limonium bellidifolium Basal rosettes of leathery leaves and sprays of smokey lilic “statice” flowers. Very tough in hot dry locations. Will reseed if grown in gravel. 10 6 5
Limonium minutum Mounds of tiny leathery leaves and short stalks of lavender flower sprays. The Limonium are practically bombproof in Sierra Foothill gardens. If you leave the flower scape in place, they will reseed readily. 8 6 5
Limonium psidoclada Domes of leathery rosettes topped with airy sprays of small lavender flowers. Extremely tough. 12 10
Limonium sp The name was incorrect on this Limonium, but it is a good one. Loose rosettes of dark green leaves and lots of dark blue violet flowers. Like all Limoniums, is very tough and can handle dry conditions in very poor soil. Will reseed. 7 5