Beautiful care free Sedums, truly a great plant that is almost maintenance free. Stonecrop Sedums bloom in the fall and they blooms continue to look good for months. Drought tolerant these plants require almost no care once they are planted and will put on a great fall display. The best way to show off these plants are to plant them in groupings or as a specimen in a collection of smaller sedums. Border stonecrop are just a small fraction of the hundreds of sedum varieties. They are taller and have thick stems and leaves that hold upright well when they flower heads start to frm in late summer early fall.
Smaller varieties of sedum make great
rock garden and wall plantings these small creeping sedum will cover an area and some can be used as ground covers that you can walk on. They are easy to grow and require almost no maintenance. They are really carefree plants Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ has bright green, dense foliage with mauve pink flowers and grows well between pavers or stepping stones. It is 3″ tall and when in bloom the overall height is 6″. This sedum will grow in poor soil and is drought tolerant, but it does not like wet feet.
Another low growing variety Sedum pachyclados ‘White Diamond’ this sedum is creeping carpet type with a rich blueish foliage that has white star shaped flowers in summer. The plants name comes from the fact that when a drop of water hits the foliage it sparkles in sunlight like a white diamond.
Propagation of sedums are really quite simple. Take cuttings about three inches long and stick them in soil keep the soil moist but not soggy and check for roots in three or four weeks. That is it not very difficult but these plants will fill an area quickly and by starting your own you can fill in a bed in no time at very little cost.
When you are growing the border stonecrop it is good to cut them back in July not only will these keep the plants full and bushier looking it will encourage more flowers latter in the fall.After three or 4 years you may notice a dead spot forming in the center. Not to worry simply cut back the plant a little dig it up and split it and replant cutting away any of the dead plant material. Just like other perennials sedums need to be split and divided every few years. Even so I think sedums are one of those lants that look good no matte what the season and if you don’t grow them I encourage you to try some this year.