Tag Archives: sedum

sedum

6 Sep

naneliotrosegarden2013 004The sedums are beginning to bloom, a true indicator that the season for new blossoms is nearly over.  Sedum is such an easy-to-grow plant every garden should have at least a few.  To the left is Autumn Joy, identified by its red stems.  Below are the common (“Live-Forever”) and white-blooming, variegated leaf varieties.

sedum2013 001Sedums can be grown in sun or shade, form 18″-24″ inch clumps, and are easy to propagate — just bury the bottom 3″-4″ of a cut stem and keep the soil moist.

sedum2013 005Sedums come in a variety of color combinations, including a deep purple-leafed variety.  Except for the white variegated sedum, most flower in similar clumps of pink, star-shaped blossoms.

sedum

25 May

creeping sedumCreeping yellow sedum is in bloom now.  This little plant will grow just about anywhere it can get a little sunlight.sedum 002The root system is very shallow, so it will happily wander anywhere it finds a little soil or even sand.  To propagate, just pinch off a stem and bury part of it in the soil, keeping the soil fairly moist for the first week or so.

The larger, rounded sedums won’t bloom until the end of summer:variegated sedum"live forever"Autumn JoyThese also can be propagated by pinching off a stem and burying the bottom 2″-3″ in moist soil.

 

sedum

11 Sep

Sedum is one of the easiest plants to grow and brings great late-season color to the garden. Its large stems and thick leaves help store water, making it wonderfully drought resistant. It will grow just about anywhere, sun or shade, though I’ve had the best result in part sun (2-6 hours of sun a day). The leaves will droop a little when it’s very hot outside, especially in full sun, but usually perk back up overnight. The most common variety–showy stonecrop or ‘live forever’–forms nice tight 12″-18″ clumps and blooms pale pink. ‘Autumn Joy’ (shown here and at the top of the page) looks almost identical when it emerges in the spring, but the stems develop a dark red color; the clumps grow taller (24″) and looser; and the flowers turn a darker shade of pink. This variegated variety also forms fairly loose clumps with white, star-shaped flowers. The only care sedum requires is cutting back the dead stems each spring; the plants emerge as new growth from the ground up each year.
Sedum is extremely easy to propagate. This one and several others were started when a few stems broke off last spring as I was weeding the area. I dug small holes and planted the bare stems a few inches deep. They’ve already formed new plants and are even beginning to flower. They’ll increase in size next year and probably will reach their full mature size the year after.

creeping sedum

8 May

I have several varieties of sedum, but most of the others are the clumping type that bloom in the fall. This one has spilled out of its bed and is growing on the patio. I need to find a better place for it–it’s being crowded out by other plants in the bed.