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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
Verbascum dumulosum Soft hairy grey leaves form large neat dome of foliage that is attractive year round. Spikes of bright yellow flowers cover the mound in early summer. This thrived for years in our garden, growing more beautiful each year. Then it died, and we have never been able to succeed with it again. It may need water twice a week. 12 18 6
Veronica liwanensis Flat mat of tiny round glossy leaves and dark blue flowers in spring. Likes crevices and well drained areas. Tried and true in the Sierra Foothills. 1 12 4
Veronica oltensis Minute pinnate leaves on a tiny mat forming creeper. Violet-blue flowers in spring. Loves crevices. Needs good drainage. A personal favorite. 1 20 4
Veronica pectinata Grey-green woolly leaves and flowers of deep blue. Forms a nice mat for creeping between flagstones or decorating the edge of a path. Very tough. Highly recommended for foothill gardens. 2 12 4
Veronica sp. An unnamed selection from Euroseeds that they felt was good enough to collect even though unidentified. We agree. Very dwarf cushons of short hairy leaves and dense flower heads. From Kaz Dag, Turkey. Much tougher than the glossy green leaves led us to believe. If anyone knows the identity of this, please let me know. 2 8 0
Veronica waterperry Rich mound of dark green leaves covers itself with pale blue-lilac flowers in early spring. Foliage turns burgundy in winter. Nice ground cover or wall scrambler for part shade. Very tough and readily available in the trade. 6 18 4
Zauschneria californica A selection of California Fuschia from the mountains of Mendocino County, growing on south facing talus slopes at 7000’. Thick mats of furry green foliage and nice size scarlet trumpets. As with all of this species, site carefully, as it will grow vigorously in the rock garden setting. 10 30 TNT 7 CA