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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
Oenothera macrocarpa Tough plains perennial. This evening primrose has huge 4” yellow flowers that open each afternoon. Fantastic seed pods follow. 7 18 4
Origanum calcaratum Another dynamite oregano for larger rock gardens. Fuzzy grey arching branches end in beautiful mauve and rose tinged flower clusters. Colorful from July until frost. One of my favorites. 15 24 7
Origanum dictamus Like a smaller version of O. calcarticum, fuzzy grey foliage and arching wands of pink tinted flowers and bracts. 12 18
Origanum microphyllus A very different oregano with tiny grey-green leaves in neat mound. Late spring it is covered with airy sprays of pink flowers. Simply beautiful, and very different. 18 24
Origanum ‘Barbara Tingey’ Probably our favorite oregano. Low mat-like habit with long clusters of pink flushed bracts in late summer. Gorgeous trailing over and between rocks. Highly recommended, as are all of the smaller oreganos. 5 18 6
Origanum ‘Golden Gem’ I am very excited about this chance seedling that appeared in our garden. Mounds of chartreuse leaves that are backed with burgundy. Instead of the usual insignificant flowers that occur on most gold oreganos, this one has small hop-like flower bracts around larger pink flowers. Much showier than any other gold leaved oregano we have seen. 10 20 3
Origanum ‘Suendermanii’ A very delicate and lovely dwarf oregano with small bright green leaves and pink tubular flowers peeking out between beautiful long bracts of green and pink. Perfect for a choice location. Stays very compact. 7 12