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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
Erigeron leiomerus One of our favorite Erigeron. Compact dark green mounds and early blooms of deep purple flowers with green eyes. A Rocky Mountain native that has done well in our Sierra Foothill rock garden. 4 5
Erigeron scopulinus Adorable dense flat mats of tiny green leaves dotted with small white daisies in spring. Tolerates a broad range of conditions, from relatively moist shade to dry sun. We consider this a “must have” for any garden. Native to mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. 2 10
Erigeron ‘Chameleon’ An easy and nearly ever-blooming small daisy with thin silvery leaves. The flowers open a very soft pale yellow, turn white and then fade to a soft pink. The overall effect is very nice. Always commented upon by visitors. A chance garden hybrid of E. chrysopsidis. 4 10
Eriogonum breedlovei breedlovei Compact mats of very small elliptical leaves. Upper surgace is a fuzzy grey green. Lower surface is covered with white woolly felt. Unusually large bulging sphers of white aging to pink or red perianths, peppered with exserted purple anthers, cover the plants in late summer. 2 6
Eriogonum caespitosum Dense cushions of tiny silver leaves. The flowers on this superb form from the Steens Mts are almost stemless—yellow, fading to red. A choice and relatively easy Eriogonum for the rock garden. Very slow growing 3 8 4
Eriogonum caespitosum ‘Conway form’ My all time favorite Eriogonum. Tight domes of small silver leaves. Flowers are yellow, fading to red, chrome. No dryland garden is complete without this. This is a very dense silvery form from the East side of the Sierras. 3 8 4
Eriogonum gracilipes Tight cushions of soft silver leaves hug the ground on the White Mountains of California. Pink and white inflorescences fade to a deep raspberry red. More reliable at higher elevations. 2 6 3
Eriogonum heracleoides leucophaeum The smallest form of E. heracleiodes. Soft grey green leaves on short rosettes. Large pale cream inflorescences. This form from Wenatchee Mtns in Chelan County Washington. Another Ratko collection. I grew these for myself, but I have a few extras I am willing to part with. 6 12
Eriogonum heracleoides minus Lots of fluffy cream colored flower heads on this miniature version of a Great Basin favorite. An excellent eriogonum for the rock garden. Plant near a blue penstemon. 10 10
Eriogonum incanum A very nice form of this California mountain native, collected in Tuolumne county. Dense silver cushions, much denser than usually found, and yellow poms. We are excited about trying this in our own gardens this year, as it looks very good. Grows to very high elevations, so should be cold hardy anywhere in the foothills. 6 18

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