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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
Aethionema ‘Warley Rose’ All the Aethionemas are excellent on hot dry slopes and walls. This is considered one of the best, with rich rose pink blossoms in spring on a low mat of blue grey foliage. 4 12 4
Agave flexispina Powder blue leaves with beautiful long spines. Cold hardy to 0° F. I am loving this one. 18 30 6
Agave parviflora A wonderful miniature Agave. Very pretty small freyed rosettes. Would make an excellent container Agave. Hardy to 10° F. 13 15 7
Agave havardiana Wonderful symmetrical rosettes of very broad blue leaves with large dark colored teeth. Rosettes to 24” wide. Cold hardy to 0° F. 35 20 7
Agave mckelveyana A dwarf species of Agave from Arizona. Unlike its huge relative the Century Plant, this little beauty forms rosettes only 8-15 inches tall. When it eventually blooms, it bears slender panicles of yellow flowers on 7-8 feet tall stalks. Hardy to 0° F. 15 20 7
Agave mckelveyana A dwarf species of Agave from Arizona. Unlike its huge relative the Century Plant, this little beauty forms rosettes only 8-15 inches tall. When it eventually blooms, it bears slender panicles of yellow flowers on 7-8 feet tall stalks. Hardy to 0° F. 15 20 7
Agave neomexicana Superlative rosettes of glaucous blue grey in this very cold hardy dwarf Agave. Rosettes 10-16” tall and up to 27” wide. Typically forms compact rosettes of numerous offsets. 15 20 5
Agave neomexicana Superlative rosettes of glaucous blue grey in this very cold hardy dwarf Agave. Rosettes 10-16” tall and up to 27” wide. Typically forms compact rosettes of numerous offsets. 15 20 5
Agave parryi couesii A small agave that forms tight round ash colored rosettes about 15X20”. This population with variable leaf edge spines. When it blooms, the 20 foot stalk it topped with a fantastic lemon yellow inflorescence. 15 20 6
Agave toumeyana bella small rosette, grayed 0

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