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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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SedumSod™ gives you a speedy and simplified approach to gardening and its beautiful anywhere!
Within minutes you can turn an unsightly area in your garden into a tapestry of color with easy to grow drought-proof Sedum color mats.
Sedums are the ultimate perennial! They have minimal water needs and a shallow root system that make them ideal to use in a sod-like mat. Light weight mats installs in seconds! Simply place in an area that gets a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun a day. Fully adaptable to the harshest of conditions – summer heat, wind & little water!
Both Chris & I have customized this unique blend of up to 13 varieties of groundcover Sedums that you won’t find anywhere else! Our pre established sod mats measure 15” x 20” and are comprised of the right balance of soil & Sedums varieties. The polyester fabric easily removes for quick installation in any landscape!
I’ve had so much fun with these mats! I have decorated my front entry door with them, used them as a centerpiece on my patio table – even hung them up! The ultimate test was when I left mats on hot asphalt driveway where they received no water and they never looked the worse for wear.
Ideas on how to use SedumSod™
- Small scale lawn replacement
- Groundcover at the edge of a hot, dry bed
- Banks and slopes
- Plant in cracks and crevices
- Areas inhospitable to other plants
- Living wreaths, dog & bird house roofs, dish garden
- Decorate patios and front entryways
- Creative DIY projects
- Instant splash of color – anywhere!
SedumSod™ is the most colorful mat you’ll ever want to own. No fuss, no muss and say goodbye to gardening hassles!
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Here’s a fun container garden idea I shot while visiting a garden in Portland, Oregon.
A dynamic duo that is both low-maintenance and colorful – what more can you ask for?
I would simply water about once per week and if you’re in a good mood you could throw in a tablespoon of Miracle-Grow plant food in a gallon of water to really get the show going! But, if you just have to take that 2-week summer vacation, this pair of plants are especially forgiving and should be fine during your trip.