Plant Family / Sedum - Stonecrops
Members of the genus Hylotelephium, Sedums are essential border beauties in the late season garden and deserve a spot in gravel gardens. Undemanding, not aggressive, with fleshy, drought resistant foliage and lovely domed flower heads packed with a profusion of tiny starry flowers, opening to white, pink or red blossoms in late summer or early fall, they are a popular attraction to butterflies. Standing for months, their faded flowers and seed heads provide a colorful display in late fall and winter, even under snow caps. There are hundreds of Hylotelephium cultivars and hybrids to pick from. Which one will be yours?
Extraordinarily popular, Award-winner Sedum 'Brilliant' is one of the most durable and trouble-free of all border sedums. This upright variety sports flat clusters, 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm), of brilliant, light pink flowers with long stamens that extend beyond the end of the petals.
Sturdy, compact and handsome, award-winner Sedum 'Class Act' is spectacular in the late summer garden. Opening from gray-green to whitish buds, earlier than most sedums, its large flowerheads, about 4 in. wide (11 cm), are deep, burgundy red, almost ruby-pink.
Long lived and drought tolerant, Sedum 'Jose Aubergine' is a lovely sight in the landscape with its masses of deep, dusky pink flowers, densely packed in large umbrella-shaped flowerheads, and showing off atop dark purple stems clad with deep, rich aubergine, fleshy leaves
Long lived and drought tolerant, award-winner Sedum 'Matrona' is a fabulous sight in the landscape with its masses of pale pink flowers, densely packed in large umbrella-shaped flowerheads, and showing off atop sturdy ruby stems that keep them perfectly upright, coupled with the fleshy, purple-veined and purple-tinged leaves
Very hardy and drought tolerant, Sedum acre (Gold Moss) is a low growing, mat-forming, evergreen succulent perennial with tangled stems clothed with conical, bright green leaves. Small clusters of tiny, star-shaped, bright yellow flowers, adorned with protruding stamens bloom, just above the foliage throughout most of the summer.
Regarded as one of the best sedums, Sedum kamtschaticum var. floriferum 'Weihenstephaner Gold' (Orange Stonecrop) is a low growing, mat-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with fleshy, dark green, spoon-shaped leaves delicately tinged with bronze. Borne in the leaf axils and at the tips of leafy, red stems, clusters of small, golden-yellow, starry flowers appear in summer.
Unique and eye-catching, award-winner Sedum nussbaumerianum (Coppertone Stonecrop) is a low growing, evergreen, perennial subshrub with attractive rosettes of thick pointed leaves, about 2 in. (5 cm) long at maturity. Yellow-green in partial shade, the leaves turn rosy-gold to bright coppery red in full sun.
Deservedly popular, Sedum reflexum (Blue Spruce Stonecrop) is a low growing, mat-forming, evergreen perennial adorned with blue-green needle-like leaves, arranged around the lax stems like spruce needles. Clusters of bright yellow, star-shaped flowers create a smashing floral display in summer.
Deservedly popular, Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' (Stonecrop) is a low growing, mat-forming, evergreen perennial with a brilliant golden-yellow foliage of needle-like leaves, which turns copper-orange in winter. Sitting atop 8 in. (20 cm) upright stems, clusters of small, yellow, starry flowers appear in midsummer.
Well-behaved, award-winner Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’ (Stonecrop) is a ground-hugging evergreen perennial forming an attractive carpet of powdery, gray-green, thick leaves, sometimes purple-tinged. The spoon-shaped leaves whorl around the tips, creating silver rosettes on creeping stems. Attractive to butterflies, clusters of bright yellow starry flowers appear atop short, thick stems in summer.