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.
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 …