Archive for the ‘Sedums’ Category
One of our favorite sun perennial is Sedum Autumn Joy that I wrote about yesterday. Today I want to give you a few garden design ideas with Autumn Joy Sedum. Autumn Joy has a stiff upright habit, with pink umbels in late summer and grows to about 2′ tall A stunning combination is a medium size ornamental grasses such as Pennisetum which provides an airy, free flowing style to the rigid stems of Sedum. (Featured lower right). Another mid size grass I like using is Feather Reed Grass or Calamagrostis Karl Foerster.
Another combination is using Perovskia (or Russian Sage) (Left). The tall upright spikes of blue play well against the flat pink umbels in addition to adding more height in the garden. This is a very popular combination used by professional landscape designers.
Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub) (Upper right) is one of those overlooked shrubs that burst into color in late summer and fall with beautiful blue flowers. Here again, the blue and pink pair very well in the landscape together.
All these plants mentioned are drought proof and sun loving and very easy to grow, especially for beginner gardeners.
These are just a few combination ideas to get you started with designed with Sedum Autumn Joy.
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It’s hard for me to find anything tougher in my not-too-good soil than Sedum Autumn Joy.
This drought and deer proof sun perennial has become a mainstay in my yard. It endures in areas where others struggle and needs little water to thrive and is hardy from Zone 3-9
We consider Autumn Joy to be one of the BEST in low maintenance plants. Just give them well drained soil, a sunny location and good drainage for best results .
The flower color transitions like the season from a light pink to a coppery hue in the fall. I like nothing more than cutting a few stems of Sedum and a few ornamental grasses for a simple indoor fall bouquet. The flower heads provide beautiful winter interest poking thru snow while capturing leaves that provide added protection for the plant during the winter.
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Delosperma is a tough drought proof groundcover for hot, dry places like curbs and driveways. Hardy Ice Plant is low growing with green succulent foliage and stunning flowers that bloom non-stop all summer long while thriving in heat, humidity and little water.
Given the right spot and growing conditions, it will bloom most of the summer and thrive in your garden.
I hear a lot of feedback from gardeners that have difficult growing and/or overwintering Delosperma. This beautiful ground cover is very, VERY fussy about drainage. If you don’t have SUPER sharp drainage, you should probably opt for growing Sedum or SedumSod – an instant colorful groundcover.
If I were to grow in containers, I would add gravel or cactus to sharpen the drainage in the soil.
Delosperma is ideal for strips along a driveway (where it is often more gravelly) or rock garden. Right plant – right place as the saying goes.
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Sedums are long lived, require no maintenance, are easy to grow, have excellent drought tolerance and come in a wide variety of foliage and flower colors.
I love this picture sent in from my friend Bill from Saint Louis. This planting located near a post office consists of a variety of colorful low growing sedums. Brick always reflects heat back up towards plant which just seems to make these tough as nails drought proof groundcover even prettier!
Sedums are probably one of the BEST problem solving plants for tough spots where other plants fail to grow – even on hillsides and banks. The only thing they need is good drainage.
Here are the varieties I would combine to achieve a similar foliage effect:
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Durable plants for Foot Traffic, Crevices, Nooks, Pathways & More
For those tough areas between flagstones, there are a select group of perennial ground cover plants that work well for these areas while discouraging weeds. Make sure to select the right plant for light & water requirements. Here are a few plants to consider that will tolerate various degrees of foot traffic and work well in crevices, nooks, pathways & more while adding beauty to your garden.
Great for: Sun or Shade, beneath trees, lawn substitute, pathways, nooks, accents, containers.
Tolerates: Dry Shade, Moist Shade
Anacyclus depressus -Mt. Atlas Daisy with attractive fern like foliage
Great for: Sun,Dry, gritty areas, hot pathways, Rock Gardens, Edging, Small Spaces
Tolerates: Deer, Drought, Heat
Isotoma fluviatilis – Blue Star Creeper – Blooms all Summer Long – #1
Great for: Sun or Shade, Lawn substitute, Stepping Stones, Ponds, Patios, Containers, Crevices, Rock Garden, pathways
Tolerates: Deer, Drought, Rabbits, Pests
Lysimachia Aurea – Creeping Jenny (Evergreen)– super fast spreading, root at each node and hug the ground
Great for: Shade, Retaining walls, crevices, dry shade, moist shade, woodland area, accent, containers, lawn substitute
Mazus reptans -Low growing, fast spreading groundcover
Great for: Sun-Part Shade, Beneath shrubs, stones, small scale lawn substitute, patios, curbside
Great for: Shade-Part Shade, Moist, well drained areas, Woodland Areas, Containers
Tolerates: Moist Shade
SedumSod™ – Easy, INSTANT groundcover!
Great for: Sun-Part Shade, Lawn Substitute, flagstones, pavers, Patio, Slopes, DIY projects
Tolerates: Drought, Heat
Thymus wooly- low growing evergreen with silver foliage
Great for: Sun, Crevices, retaining walls, rock garden, curbside, Slopes, Pathways, Patio, Lawn substitute, containers
Veronica Waterperry Blue - low growing and fast spreader
Great for: Sun, Part Shade, Beneath Trees, Shrubs, slopes, retaining walls, rock garden, containers,
Tolerates: Drought, Dry Shade