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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
Aloinopsis villetii Wonderful succulent leaves are studded with white tubercles. Soft yellow flowers sit right on the leaves. 2 4 6
Aloinopsis schooneesii Rosetts of small pebbled leaves. Yellow bronze flowers. Probably hardy to 20° F. From South Africa DT48 1 4 0
Alyssum propinquum Another choice dwarf Alyssum from Turkey. Tiny silver leaves and yellow flowers in spring. Tuck in crevices of rock wall, or in between dwarf Dianthus. Easy and recommended. 3 8
Alyssum tortuosum Beautiful and easy Alyssum from S. Europe with silver foliage and yellow flowers in spring. Wonderful cascading down rocks. Every garden should have at least one of these. 5 12 4
Anthemis cretica leucanthemoides Fabulous dwarf silver cushions topped with relatively large white “daisy” flowers on short scapes. This particular form from Turkey. Very cute! 2 12 5
Arabis aculeolata Miniature tufts of small hairy leaves less than 2 inches across. Large bright rose-pink flowers with bright red-violet calyces are clustered on ends of 6” stems. We haven't found the right place for it in the garden, but it is so easy and cute in pots or troughs that we have to include it here. 6 2
Armeria trojana A new introduction. Dwarf compact cushions of linear green leaves with purplish tinges. Bright pink flowers on short stems. From Kaz Dag, Turkey. Very tiny and very cute. 2 3
Campanula coriacea Dense tufts of leathery leaves withpanicles of lilac blue bells 7 6 5
Campanula dolomitica Mound of grey green leaves and spires of creamy flowers in spring. One of the few perennial Campanulas that thrive in our hot dry gardens. 8 5
Campanula hawkinsiana This is an exquisite Campanula from Greece and Albania. Deep purple flowers with dark veining over mat of dark green. Said to be short-lived in many climates, but self-seeds well. We treat it as an annual and let it seed about. In the right location, it blooms for a ridiculously long time. 5 8 6