Sedums are almost the perfect plants. Vigorous, carefree, good-looking, with a season of interest lasting more than 6 months, who could resist? Even the bees and butterflies can't!
- There are hundreds of types of sedums offering a wide array of colors and sizes. There are 3 main varieties: mat forming, creeping and upright sedums. The taller, upright-growing sedums, also called 'border sedums' belong to the Hylotelephium genus and mix very well with other plants in perennial borders. They provide color and contrast at a time when most plants have stopped blooming. They are particularly terrific with late-season bloomers such as asters, goldenrods, boltonias or ornamental grasses.
- These standout perennials grow more or less erect, up to 2 ft. (60 cm), and form a clump of thick, fleshy sage green to blue to dark red foliage topped with flower buds resembling broccoli. Gradually, these densely clustered buds reveal tiny, star-like flowers, in shades of white, pink or red, in late summer or early fall. As the weather cools, their colors grow deeper and richer.
- Both foliage and dead inflorescences remain attractive through winter, providing some additional interest.
- Easy to grow, many sedums are hardy to USDA Zones 4 to 9.
- Perfect for beds, borders or rock garden. Effective when planted en masse or in groups. Sedums make perfect container plants too. Even if you don't have a garden, you can still enjoy them!
- Best grown in full sun, in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates very light shade and poor soils.
- Flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and butterflies and excellent as cut flowers.
- Because sedums are succulents, they can survive drought thanks to their fleshy, moisture-retaining leaves and tough root systems.
- Sedums are heat tolerant once established and disease resistant!
- Deer and rabbit resistant
- Low maintenance, Sedums forgive neglect!
There are many outstanding choices today and more coming out, all of which create beautiful displays.