This is one group of succulents that are becoming more and more popular. Sedums are sometimes called stonecrop plants because many believe only a stone need less attention and lives longer. Easy to propagate and fun to collect they range from pink, green to yellow and even blue leafed varieties. Autumn flowering varieties are the newest trend as a ground cover between other succulents or in a small terracotta container.
There are so many sedum varieties that one can easily start a collection. There are taller ones that grow around 50cm high such as the Sedum Autumn Joy but our favourites right now are the small leafed varieties and the flat spreading ground cover ones. The green and yellow leafed varieties grow the fastest while the blue and plum leafed varieties are more compact and slower.
Grow the best
- They are succulents and as such are water wise and drought tolerant. That said if they get enough water they grow fuller and show off better.
- The green and yellow varieties will tolerate more shade and the blue needs full sun. If they get too much shade they tend to stretch and they won’t flower well at all. If they stretch just nip them back and move them to a sunnier spot and they will recover in no time.
- Well suited as a ground cover the sedum are just as happy in a collection of small containers. Drainage is important and they don’t like to be water logged. In containers plant them up with succulent mix and add a layer of river sand at the base to assist in drainage.
- Feed them with a high nitrogen fertiliser such as Nitrosol at least once a month to keep them lush.
Growing sedum can be a lot of fun and one can hardy go wrong with them as long as they get enough sun they will handle everything else in their stride. The flowering varieties do that mostly in autumn and once they’ve finished flowering it’s the ideal time to trim them back and reshape the clump. They respond well to being clipped back and there’s no wrong way to do that as they will just shoot out from the stem.
We just love the versatility using them to cascade over the edge of a combo hanging basket or as a spreading ground cover between other succulents. Mix and matching the colours and using them as a foil to lift other colours add to their charm. As the ultimate filler plant every garden and patio has a spot for them, no wonder they are fast becoming one of the most popular succulents for the modern gardener.