Even on a wet rainy day Sedum or Stonecrop, planted in between informal steps, offers a bright splash to my day. I could not get anything to grow in between these steps except weeds. Then I found this dense miniature of a plant which has exceeded my expectations. It grows so tight that weeds have a hard time getting their own space.
There are some 600 species of Sedums grown around North America, they range from perennial, annual, evergreen or deciduous, creeping or tall species. I am absolutely in love with the creeping variety of Sedums. The real low varieties are ideal for filling spaces in between walks, on the front of the border along walkways, around pools and ponds, or even next to foundations. All prefer sunny locations, well drained soil, tolerate dry poor sites and thrive on neglect. Is that a perfect plant or what? The low spreading varieties benefit from a stone edge if keeping it contained is an issue.
The leaves, colors, and even the shape of the plant vary so much from species,that it is a bit challenging to identify them all. One unifying characteristic is that they are always succulent. Leaves are fleshy, sometimes rounded or flat oval forms to minute beaded pearls. Most attach directly to the stem and can be golden, red, purple or tricolor. Read more here. All are fast growing and easy to propagate by from seed, division or leaf and stem cuttings.
“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.”
— Thomas Jefferson