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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
Acantholimon trojanum Forms dense green cushions similar to the green forms of A. ulicinum. Pink flowers sit on top of the cushions. Very charming Acantholimon from Turkey. This one seems to need a little shelter at the lower elevations, but I suspect it would do better above 3000'. 5 10 0
Acantholimon venustum A popular Acantholimon with very silver cushions of linear leaves. Bright rose flowers on 10-15cm scapes. 8 18 0
Achillea clavenae White flowers, silvery foliage 8 15 TNT 3
Achillea kelleri Mounds of finely cut silver foilage topped with white flowers in late spring. Wonderful in front of Spanish Lavender. 8 12 TNT 6
Achillea serbica Small white daisy flowers on dense low silver mats. Very attractive in or out of flower. Good in hot dry gardens, as are most of the dwarf silver yarrows. 4 10 4
Achillea umbellata Silvery white cushions and big white flowers. Another dwarf yarrow from Greece, great for those hot, dry, and deer-plagued gardens. 5 10
Aethionema armenum Possibly still my favorite Aethionema, especially in mid-summer when the foliage has formed flat dense clumps of shrubby blue foliage. Light pink flowers in spring come later than some of the other Aethionema, extending the bloom season. Can handle poor dry soil. 4 10 TNT 4
Aethionema glaucescens A nice dwarf Aethionema forming dense mounds of narrow glaucous blue-green leaves. Pale pink flowers in spring. Perfect for the smaller rock garden, or to fill crevices in a dry rock wall. This is another dependable performer for us. 3 6 4
Aethionema schistosum Glaucous blue foliage and honey scented pale pink flowers. Excellent in dry rock walls or on the edge of a bank. 7 12 TNT 4
Aethionema stylosa A shrubby aethionema with deep rose pink flowers. A dense habit that is taller than some of our Aethionema’s. We like this one. 8 12 5