17) Saxifraga, Heuchera and other Saxifragaceae

saxifragas I can grow in Connecticut

Submitted by vanachterberg on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 05:55

I know that gardeners in Newfoundland and Norway can grow saxifrages readily, but I am getting tired of losing my favorites year after year. When I went through my garden and my file cards yesterday, I discovered I had three left in the ground--'Winnifred Bevington,' tucked against a piece of tufa on a slightly shaded north bank, 'Findling,' a mossy saxifrage, down low on that same bank, and 'Apple Blossom,' a pleasantly sprawly but totally non-blooming plant high on that same bank. Also, in a trough in a somewhat shady spot 'Correvon' and in a pot, 'Peter Pan.'

Saxifraga lyallii

Submitted by Lori S. on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 22:47

Lyall's, or red-stemmed, saxifrage (Saxifraga lyallii) is one of the most common saxifrages in this area, and it can form dense tracts along the banks of snow-melt streams up high, and in places where water runs under the scree. Where it grows in number, it adds big swaths of colour!

It seems, from the USDA range map, that this tends to be a more northerly species: