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Sedums are nearly the perfect plants. They look good from the moment they emerge from the soil in spring and continue to look fresh and fabulous all growing season long. Many are attractive even in winter when their foliage dies and is left standing. They're also drought-tolerant and need very little if any care. They're favorites of butterflies and useful bees. The tall types are outstanding for cutting and drying. Does it get better than that? Only in the fact that there are many different types of this wonderful plant, from tall types that will top 2 feet to low-growing groundcovers that form mats. All thrive in full sun with good drainage. Ground cover types do a good job of suppressing weeds, but seldom tolerate foot traffic. Some of the smaller ones are best grown in pots or treated as houseplants.
Part Sun, Sun
Under 6 inches to 3 feet
6 inches or several feet wide, depending on variety
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(Sedum 'Angelina') is a quick-growing groundcover with golden, needle-like leaves that turn orange in fall. It grows 4 inches tall. Zones 6-9
Autumn Charm sedum
(Sedum telephium 'Autumn Charm') shows off rose-pink flowers in late summer and autumn and lovely white-edged foliage. It grows 15 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-8
Autumn Joy sedum
(Sedum 'Autumn Joy') is a classic. Its 2-foot-tall stems carry gray fleshy leaves and are topped with green broccoli-like heads of flower buds that open pink and turn rusty red by fall. Zones 3-8
Black Jack sedum
(Sedum 'Black Jack') has sturdy 24-inch-tall deep-purple stems clothed with succulent dark purple leaves. Pink flowers cluster in 5- to 8-inch-wide heads. It thrives in full sun in Zones 3-8.
Frosty Morn sedum
(Sedum 'Frosty Morn') bears stunning, silver-edged gray-green leaves and clusters of pink flowers in fall. It grows 1 foot tall. Zones 3-9
(Sedum kamtschaticum) has evergreen foliage, making it an effective groundcover. The yellow flowers look great over the rich green foliage. To 4 inches tall. Zones 3-9
Ogon Makinoi's sedum
(Sedum makinoi 'Ogon') has mats of small, pink-flushed gold leaves on creeping stems. Yellow green flowers are produced in summer. This is a fine ground cover plant in rock and crevice gardens. It grows 8 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 7-9.
Purple Emperor sedum
(Sedum 'Purple Emperor') bears rich purple foliage and clusters of pinkish-purple blooms in late summer and fall. It grows 2 feet tall. Zones 3-7
Sedum acre is an evergreen that grows 2 to 3 inches tall and has dark green foliage with yellow flowers in summer. Zones 4-9
Sedum cauticola is a Japanese species with lovely silvery, blue-green leaves and pink-purple flowers in autumn. It grows 2 inches tall. Zones 5-9
Sedum sieboldii has blue-green leaves blushed with purple. In fall, it produces clusters of rosy-pink flowers. This groundcover grows 4 inches tall. Zones 6-9
Sedum spathulifolium is a quick-spreading selection to 4 inches tall that has silvery-gray foliage and bright yellow flowers in summer. Zones 5-9
(Sedum spurium 'Tricolor') bears green leaves edged in pink and white. The pink flowers appear in summer. Zones 3-8
Variegated Kamschatka sedum
(Sedum kamtschaticum 'Variegatum') has lustrous green, flushed pink, spoon-shaped leaves frosted with white along the edge. Its bright yellow starry flowers bloom from summer into fall, gradually becoming orange. It grows 4 inches tall. Zones 3-8
Vera Jameson sedum
(Sedum 'Vera Jameson') offers purple foliage and pinky-rose flowers in late summer or early fall. It grows 1 foot tall. Zones 4-9
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