Tuesday, September 11, 2007

CRAWLING ON THE GROUND, I SEE-DUM

Sedum rupesta 'Angelina'

Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'

Sedum acre

Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce'

With all the talk about global warming and conserving our natural resources I thought it was timely to share on some plants that require minimal amount of care, water, and fertilizing, yet really preforms well. In the Seattle area we are very conscience of our water and though we get over 50" of rain annual we are a very water wise community. Our raining season start in October and ends in April/May but from several months we see very little measurable rain. Even if we get an occasional Summer storm it's not enough to really deeply water any plant.

Sedum idon't-recallus

Sedum 'Bertram Anderson' in bud

Sedum 'Bertram Anderson' full flower

Sedums are a wonderful plant group that are members of the Crassulaceae Family. The family largely consists of succulents or succulent type plants. Being native to many parts of the world you really get a tremendous variety of shapes and sizes. This post well dwell on ground cover types and next week I'll share on upright growers. As mentioned before Sedums require little care and only need a minimal amount of attention. Generally full sun and great drainage is a must. They grow much better in soil that is not overly enriched.
There is practically nothing that bothers them. And usually any difficulties come from cultural situations, like to much overhead sprinkler watering (which can make them rot). Sometimes they can be a little aggressive but they are easy to pull up (they have all surface roots and don't spread by invasive underground runners). All the
Sedums from my yard are very hardy to Zone 2 (-20c).


Sedum spurium 'Dragons Blood' and 'Tricolour'

Sedum seiboldii 'October Daphne'

Sedums are perfect for that area that doesn't get much water or next to a walk way in the full hot sun that's difficult to water. Even tucked in a sunny rock garden is perfect for these little gems. I hope you'll make a place for these trend plants that are not only easy care but also easy on our natural resources.

12 comments:

Laurie & Chris said...

I really like sedum. It is about all that is left in my garden now. I didn't realize that there are so many different kinds that bloom. I will have to check that out next time I am at my favorite greenhouse. Thanks for sharing all the info and great pictures.

Bob said...

Laurie and Chris, There are soooo many hybrids out these days of sedums. Next week I'll post on the upright varieties. You well see more and more of them in coming years at your garden centers. This year I had over 30 types that came in my nursery. Always appreciate your thoughts, BOB

Layanee said...

Bob: Love the sedums and I have several of that cultivar 'Idon't recallus' but oddly enough, they are all different from each other! I think you have cleared up some of the mystery!

Moe said...

Haha. I love sedum idon't-recallus! That's what I had until I saw your post - now I think they are the tri-color ones.

Bob said...

Layanee and Moe I'm delighted that I could help you figure out your 'idont recallus.
Happy gardening to you both, BOB

lisa said...

Nice post! I really enjoy these, too...even becomes a kind of addiction with me to collect as many different ones as possible...I'm glad to see a couple I don't have in your post. Time to search them out!

LostRoses said...

You crack me up, Bob, "sedum Idon't recall-us"! Gee, I feel the same way about some of the plant names in my garden.

~Becky said...

Oh i see dem too!

I am nuts about these in my garden this year. What a display they are putting on for me! I intend to plant them here and there again this fall.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I love the sedums, too... and I'm jealous of your 'Cape Blanco' because it's the one and only sedum that doesn't love me for some reason. I keep trying to woo it just the same.

KC MO Garden Guy said...

I see-dum! Very cute Bob!!
I have several of these and can't agree more with the statement about the sprinklers. I will have to find a spot where the sprinklers don't reach. Thanks for the post Bob, Cliff

Shady Gardener said...

I have quite a variety of different sedum. They are so varied. I have one that I never did know the name of, but the greenhouse at which I purchased it called it "worm grass." It's been growing and spreading ever so slightly (little lobes... but not the teeny ones) and it bloomed for the first time this year. I'll post a photo when I get home.

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