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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
Tanacetum densum amanum A drought tolerant ground cover for sunny areas. Intensely silver-white leaves are very finely cut, hence the common name, “Partridge Feather Tansy”. Spikes of yellow buttons in late spring to summer. Plant near something blue for a beautiful combo. We suggest Penstemon heterophyllus. We have heard that it succeeds in shade as well, but have not tried it. 6 24 5
Tanacetum heterotomum We know nothing about this except that it has silvery green leaves and small white flowers. Said to be slow growing. We have not yet trialed it in the open garden, obviously, or I could tell you something more about it. 6 15 5
Teucrium polium aureum Mounds of silver woolly foliage, very pettable. The flowers are yellow, enhanced by chartreuse bracts. Wonderful at the foot of a lavender or tumbling over a rock wall in the deer resistant garden. 6 18 6
Teucrium pyrenaicum Native of the Pyrenees with nice mats of dark green leaves that are arranged in symmetrical whorls on short stems. Small flowers are cream and maroon and something between cute and elegant. 3 15 5
Thymus cappadocicus globifer A dense woody thyme from Turkey with short linear leaves and flower heads ranging from clear white to pale lilac. We have not trialed it yet. 4 12
Thymus comosus Nice low mats of dark green leaves and showy heads of pink flowers. Blooms late in the summer when there is not much color. Like all thymes, it is great for butterflies. 3 12 5
Thymus leucotrichus Nice shrubby thyme with silvery leaves that almost give it the appearance of a dwarf conifer. Lavender flowers completely cover the mound for a long time in spring. 8 20
Thymus mastichina Loose mounds of green leaves are topped with heads of white flowers very late in the summer. Adds a nice touch to the late summer and early autumn garden. 8 18 6
Thymus striatus A Croatian thyme with dwarf prostrate woody stems and purple-pink flowers.
Townsendia hookeri Dense tufted cusions of narrow linear grey leaves. Large bright white daisies nestle into the cushion. Short lived in the garden, like almost all Townsendias, but reseeds. 2 4 4

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