Now you sedum … in the ground and elsewhere

Low-growing sedum is an amazingly useful family of succulents. In addition to the pots of sedum shown in my previous post, low-growing sedum make wonderful groundcovers.

Along a hardscape pathway, sedum provides contrast in color and texture to pavers. Once established, this is a very low-maintenance planting.



The same type of sedum contrasts well with the fuzzy leaves and color of Lamb’s Ear.



Different forms of sedum can be combined …



and sedum will fill in difficult, dry sites, especially along sunny driveways.



Another type of white-blooming sedum serves as a driveway edge groundcover at Garden on High in Farmington, CT, one of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour gardens.

Garden on High, Farmington-10


Sedum dresses up fieldstone walls … and generally grows where other plants might not.


Sedum roots readily, but also easily releases its hold on soils when it shows up where not wanted.

Sedum is perennial in Connecticut’s hardiness zones 5, 6 and 7. It will even overwinter in wire baskets left outside through cold winters as did this sedum below.


I needed a filler last spring when planting pansies in this basket. Sedum fit the bill. When the pansies succumbed to summer heat, the sedum took over. When freezing temps caused the sedum to blacken I removed the unattractive foliage and filled the basket with evergreen and holly branches. When the winter dressing no longer looked good, the sedum was beginning to peak up from the soil. This spring I simply tucked in some extra pansies and let the sedum do it’s thing. The remaining pansy in this photo will die back, but the sedum, all gathered from my gardens, will look good for the rest of the summer. When it gets too leggy, I just cut it back and throw the cuttings in the compost pile.

As life gets more hectic and time becomes more tight, look to the multiple types of sedum to give your garden beds and pots color, texture and general interest with minimal need for care.

Here’s one more container idea using sedum, also from Garden on High in Farmington, CT.


Garden thoughtfully …

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8 comments for “Now you sedum … in the ground and elsewhere

  1. June 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I just saw a wonderful sedum used as a walkway edging at Shakespeare’s Garden today (in Brookfield, CT). It was very attractive, but I wondered if it would be hardy. Your article came at the right time and is very helpful. Thanks, Joene.

    • June 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Lynn, I’m glad I was able to provide the info you needed. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. June 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Sedum ‘Angelina’ covers all the troublesome spots under plants and around my walks, especially where it is dry and sandy. It is gorgeous, very golden in summer and bronzy in winter. The only thing I don’t like are the awkward flower spikes of some groundcover sedums. (Although that white flowered one at the garden tour is beautiful)

    You have quite a collection of nice sedums!

    • July 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Laurrie, the awkward flower spikes only last a short time and can easily be snipped off. Lots of perennials have awkward periods. When it comes to low-growing sedum I think we can agree they, most often, present a pleasing appearance with very little input from the gardener. The longer I garden, the more I count on low-maintenance perennials like sedum.

  3. July 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Joene, I’ve just found a new sedum that grows, and flowers, in the shade. It’s called Sedum ternatum ‘Larinem Park’ . I bought 2 one-gallon containers in thespring and planted one in a semi-sunny spot and it’s doing well. The other is still waiting to be planted but is loving its semi-shady holding spot so I have high hopes for it. So far, the deer & bunnies seem to leave them alone (fingers crossed!).

    • July 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Debbie, I didn’t get the chance to ask the variety of the white blooming sedum I saw recently during a garden tour (in a photo above), but I wonder if it is Sedum ternatum. It was growing in partial shade. I have other sedum varieties growing in partial shade … they grow but don’t thrive. I’ll keep my eyes out for S. ternatum. Thanks.

  4. July 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Lovely photos! Do you know the name of the yellow-flowered sedum in the first photo? I’m think I should plant more sedum! Oh – and do the flowers attract pollinators?

    • July 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Hi Aaron, it is a Stonecrop type of sedum. I’m not sure of the exact variety, though. I’ve been growing this sedum for many, many years and don’t recall where it came from. It may have been a pass-along. Nonetheless, it is easy care and looks good through most of the summer. It will flop after heavy flowering but you can lop off the floppy stems and new growth will soon replace them. Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you find a similar sedum for your property.

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