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A diverse group of plants, sedums come in a myriad of shapes, colors, and sizes. Sedums make great container plants and can take extreme drought. With so many species and varieties available, sedums can be found in bloom three seasons a year.
There are two main types of sedums—creeping or upright. The creeping types are great as a groundcover in rock gardens and growing through cracks in walls. Many creeping types of sedum will root wherever they touch ground and can easily spread to fill a space. Upright sedums tend to form tight clumps of foliage and don’t spread. This sort of sedum can be easily divided in spring to make more plants.
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Under 6 inches to 3 feet
6 inches or several feet wide, depending on variety
garden plans for Sedum
Sedum Plant Colors
Sedums come in a rainbow of colors. The foliage ranges from needle-like to broad, rounded, paddle-like leaves. Along with many different shapes, there are also a number of foliage colors. Standouts include bright chartreuse-gold; wonderful tricolor leaves with pinks, creams and greens; and even deep, shiny, almost-black leaves.
As far as flowers go, sedum blossoms are multipurpose. Pollinators love to feed on sedum blossoms, making this plant perfect for pollinator gardens. On taller blooming varieties, the old bloom stocks add winter interest to the garden. Just be sure to remove old growth early in the spring before new growth emerges.
Sedums are drought-tolerant and can stand up to harsh heat. However, their biggest downfall is too much water. Because sedums have succulent leaves, they can store water for future use, and too much can cause the leaves to rot.
In the same sense, these plants need as much sun as you can give them. If they are in too much shade, they are prone to rot. More sun is also better for foliage color. Brighter light intensities bring out deeper colors in the leaves and promote better flowering.
Breeders are working to develop more sedums. New research underway is crossing sedums with another genus called Orostachys. This has created a new hybrid known as Sedoro.