Sedums

It may be hard to imagine where there could be enough room for so many different plant types in this small garden, especially during late summer, when the annual dorotheanthus finishes flowering. From beneath and among them, sedums quickly rise like an explosion, as if it is their time for sun and glory. Sedums come in many shapes and forms, however Michele has chosen to use hardy, fast-growing ground cover varieties only. These are generally miniatures that carpet the ground wherever they are used. Primarily grown for their foliage, their regular seasonal flowers come as an added bonus. Through winter and early spring, sedums are mostly withdrawn and compact in growth. From mid to late spring they stretch out, increasing their volume by up to five times before flowering.

5 Here is a selection of Sedum spccies which all have a similar appearance and growth habit. Preferring cooler climates, they tolerate frost and even light snow. Identifying them correctly can be difficult.

4 An unnamed sedum species Michele purchased from a local market. It is a fairly robust grower reaching 150 mm in height, here growing with its shallow roots around a dwarf red cordyline.

5 Here is a selection of Sedum spccies which all have a similar appearance and growth habit. Preferring cooler climates, they tolerate frost and even light snow. Identifying them correctly can be difficult.

Identifying Succulents

4 Sedum mexicanum (green form) beginning 10 stretch out and expand over other succulents. Note that the annual Dorotheanihus is almost finished as other small sedums quickly grow from beneath and around to fill the empty spaces.

^ Two different forms of Sedum dasyphyllum. The miniature form on the left has smooth leaves, with stems of approximately 5-7 mm in diameter.

Sedum rubrotinctum 'Aurora . Environmental stresses bring out the red colour in the leaves. Grow this plant hard to gel the best colours. Do not pamper!

ยป Sedum mexicanum (gold form) showing compact winter growth, waiting for warm spring weather to triple its size in only four weeks.

4 Sedum nudum becomes a miniature rich green carpet which is ideal for filling the spaces between larger sculptural plants.

* Sedum lineare variegata.

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