Flower colors in upright sedums range from white to darker
pinks, and some cultivars have burgundy or bi-color leaves.
Low-growing sedums have leaves ranging from lime green to steely
blue to dark burgundy. Their texture can be wide and scalloped
or needle-like. Assemble a collection of low growing sedums with
contrasting color and form and allow them to knit together as a
pretty, weed-resistant tapestry.
A few of the sedums we 'dig'
'Red Cauli' Sedum telephium
At 12-15 inches tall, 'Red Cauli' is shorter than 'Autumn Joy.'
Many of the taller sedums require pinching in early summer to
keep them from sprawling. This cultivar looks good at the front
or middle of the border. Its leaves are pewter gray and the
flowers are a deeper pink than 'Autumn Joy', although calling
them red is a stretch. Large flowered sedums should not be
deadheaded in the fall because their tight umbels of flowers
hold snow and frost beautifully.
Since sedums prefer full sun and well-drained soil, they are a
good choice for beginning gardeners. The taller varieties will
sprawl in shadier locations or in highly fertile soil.
'Lime Zinger' sedum
This low grower is part of the SunSparkler series developed by
Chris Hansen. The tightly packed crescent-shaped leaves are
accented by a crisp red edge. It tops out at 4 inches tall and
in late summer, it sports soft pink flowers. 'Lime Zinger' is
terrific in containers.
Low-growing sedums are a hot trend in horticulture and are
perfect groundcovers in sunny, dry locations. They keep weeds at
bay and provide a pretty foreground for taller perennials or
smaller shrubs. They are a good choice for rock gardens or
difficult strips of ground between paving that would fry other
'Cape Blanco' Sedum
Most sedums are non-native species, but Sedum ternatum is a
North American native. It's a tough little groundcover with
whorls of tiny green leaves and a dusting of fine white flowers
in late spring. If you're trying to incorporate more native
plants into your garden and can't accommodate 6-foot-tall plants
like Joe-pye weed, this 4- to- 6-inch sedum is the perfect
choice. Bees and butterflies are drawn to its flowers.
Since this sedum's natural habitat is stream edges and rocky
ledges, it tolerates more shade and moisture than most species.
It is best used as a groundcover and in rock gardens, in either
full sun or part shade.
'Dragons Blood' Sedum
Sedums are versatile plants and are useful in borders, as
groundcovers, in containers and on green roofs. New and exciting
cultivars are being introduced that can provide both color and
texture wrapped up in an easy-care plant.
Fall gardening tasks
Succulents in Flower Pots