Sedums

The previous two pages looked at sedum foliage, growth habits and usage.These pages show the same plants only a month or two later (during late spring and early summer) when they are in full bloom. Gardeners growing sedums for their leaves and interesting growth forms often overlook their potential as flowering plants where they can rival many garden subjects in their performance.

»Sedum dasyphyllum.one of the tiniest sedums, i: just coming into flower. The smaller stems seei rising up from the ground will soon flower too.

5 The liny blue Sedum dasyphyllum with a snow-lik covering of llowers is still upstaged by the silver white of Cotyledon orbiculata 'Silver Waves'.

5 The liny blue Sedum dasyphyllum with a snow-lik covering of llowers is still upstaged by the silver white of Cotyledon orbiculata 'Silver Waves'.

£ Aloe maculata (formerly A. saponaria) and a close up of its flowers (picture below).

X Flowers through late spring and into summer.

« Aloe 'spinosissima'. This aloe regularly flowers in late winter, early spring in this garden. It is a dwarf aloe growing to an average height of about 400mm, before clumping into mounds.

* Echeveria 'Lucita', flowers. This echeveria is grown for its beautifully arranged leaves that are fringed with colour, not unlike a large flower in appearance.

Other succulents in flower

A number of very beautiful but less spectacular flowers are present during any season on the nature strip. This provides extra year round interest and colour.

» A close up of sempervivum flowers. These plants enjoy the cold of winter and with it comes the promise of flowers. The common idea that all succulents like the heat of summer is incorrect. Sempervivums are native to the European mountains where snow falls regularly.

Echcveria pulvinata. Flowers and buds arc almost the same colour as the leaves. These dramatic colours can only be obtained by growing the plant outdoors where frosty cold nights are followed by bright sunny days.

* Echeveria 'Lucita', flowers. This echeveria is grown for its beautifully arranged leaves that are fringed with colour, not unlike a large flower in appearance.

The rest of the garden

Michele's pleasures in gardening are anything but stereotypical or succulent exclusive, so these few pictures were included to present an overall picture. A shaded tropical-look area fills the front garden. Palms, ferns, cycads and large leaved plants receive dappled shade from tall eucalypt and wattle trees.

i^A favourite, though she has many, is Justicia camea. a small to medium shrub that flowers for months. It was grown from a piece given to her by her mother, as were many of the first succulents used in the garden

* The backyard is where the 'forest' keeps out the suburban feel, as well as being home to many native birds and possums.

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