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Sedum Autumn Joy – Trouble free perennial with 4 Seasons of Appeal!

Sedum Autumn Joy

The flower color transitions like the season from a light pink to a coppery hue.

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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Great combination partners:  Ornamental Grasses, Asters, and other Sedums.

Easy Landscape Ideas with Drought Proof Festuca

You can create a more powerful impact when you use Festuca in groupings of 5 or more

Create a more powerful impact in your landscape when you use Festuca in groupings of 5 or more

Looking for an easy garden design idea that will add some impact to your perennial garden? I love using Festuca Boulder Blue for a number of reasons.  This sun loving ornamental grass is easy to grow, looks great throughout the year and thrives in sun, high heat & humidity in well drained soil.  Hardy from Zones 4-9.   I believe it is one of of the best drought proof sun loving perennial groundcovers out there.

Add Color & Texture

Have some unpleasant spots in your garden?  The handsome mound shape and narrow blue foliage make be just the ticket as it adds season long color & texture.

Break Up Competing Colors

If you have two strong competing colors that are just rubbing you the wrong way try planting a group of this soothing blue Festuca between them.  Festuca is the ideal perennial to help break up strong competing colors in the garden

Small Space Gardening

Festuca grows 12”x12” so it tucks ever so nicely along narrow pathways, beneath shrubs or edging a perennial border.

Plant in Groups

If you really want to add impact, plant in groupings of 5 or more.

Repeating

Some of the most beautiful gardens do a great job in repeating similar plants in adjacent areas. This frequently leads to a more harmonious flow in the garden.

Care & Growing Tips

  • Add sand to heavier soils.
  • Allow plants to dry out between watering.
  • In the spring, use a sheers to prune away any dead foliage from winter
  • Fertilize in the spring with Osmocote or a balanced granular fertilizer

I know you’ll really enjoy Festuca – an easy to grow and care perennial.  Click Here for a Sun Perennial Garden Design Idea

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Hardy Ice Plant – Drought Proof Groundcover Growing Tips

Hardy Ice Plant is thriving in gravelly soil with good drainage near a road (Zone 5) This planting has been here for over 5 years.

Hardy Ice Plant has been thriving here for 5 years (Zone 5). It has super good drainage and gravelly soil

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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Tough Groundcover – Plumbago

Plumbago is a moderate spreader and keeps it tidy good looks throughout the gardening season.

A real dependable “tough it out” ground cover is Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides).  Yes it is a mouthful – but oh what an underutilized ground cover for sun to partly shaded areas (or those transitional areas) that is worth growing in your garden.

If you are looking for a  moderate spreader that gives you light glossy foliage that looks nice and tidy throughout the growing season (and helps suppress the weeds) Plumbago is definitely a groundcover to consider looking charming beneath shrubs or as an edging plant.

Great Fall Color!

I really like blue flowers which appear in mid summer just when you need a pop of color for the garden.   You’ll get some nice fall color too when the foliage turns to a red coppery bronze color.  Give it good drainage, and let it do its thing as it thrives on neglect.

Be patient in spring. Plumbago breaks dormancy later that most plants.

  • Botanical:  Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
  • Common: Plumbago
  • USDA – Zone 5-8
  • Light:  Full sun to part shade.  Shade in hot afternoon.
  • Size:  6-12 inches tall
  • Spread:  Moderate spread by rhizomes 1-2 feet wide
  • Features: Tolerate clay, sand, drought, part shade, sun,  deer,
  • Uses:  Undemanding groundcover

Rhamnus Fine Line – How to Add Interest Your Garden Design with Vertical Elements

Rhamnus makes a moderate size hedge or background plant in a sunny to partly shaded site

Remember the first perennial garden you personally designed?  Mine was a rich riot of color with Daylilies and Rudbeckia.  But it was boring – I had achieved a solder like lineup of plants with similar heights.

Add Highs to your Lows with Vertical Elements

So what now?  I realized I needed some height along with different sizes and shape to gain balance and flow -so I added a few vertical plants namely Miscanthus and was really happy with the results.

Rhamnus Fine Line®

In the past few years, I discovered a wonderful vertical plant called Rhamnus Fine Line®

The soft ferny foliage compliments many shrubs & perennials

that combines the texture of an ornamental grass with Zone 3 hardiness.  Rhamnus grows around 6 feet and the fact that it only gets around 24” wide – you have a perfect complement to any border in a sun to partly shaded site.

Unlike a Miscanthus, Fine Line® does not need to be pruned down to the ground every spring – it just flushes out with fresh new ferny like foliage which can be trimmed to any shape.

Planting

The soft ferny foliage is so lovely when planted in groups of 3 or more.  It makes a terrific background plant and a medium sized Hedge Plant.  Try it with Knock Out Roses, Buddleia Blue Chip, or other moderate size shrubs.  It also makes a terrific container plant with season long interest Rhamnus is 98% sterile so it is noninvasive.  Fall brings on a brilliant gold color.

Vertical plants such as Rhamnus help to conceal unsightly objects such as air conditioning units.

This deer & drought proof deciduous shrub is a delightful medium sized vertical plant in almost any size garden.

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