My hero has always been sedum

My hero has always been sedum

Just think of them as that tough, rugged individual that lots of ladies look for in their 20s. The sedums are independent succulents that will make you happy in good soil, bad soil, little water — “in sickness and in health.” They bloom for months and don’t require much day-to-day care. There’s a sedum for most any sunny spot you have to fill.

Some sedums bloom in the fall while some give you blooms in the spring. You can find sedum blooming in bright red, orange, yellow, green blue and purple. When things in the yard start looking sad in the winter, you can look for this cowboy to show you some color. The color of the sedum leaves is what gardeners look for, in addition to those charming blooms. Sedums that aren’t in bloom can reward you with mellow purple, silver or blue foliage.

According to Marthastewart.com, sedums are commonly called “stonecrops.” This is a huge, geographically diverse and widespread group of close to 400 species. Sedums can be divided into two groups: low growing, which bloom early, and tall growing, which usually bloom late. The low-growers make perfect ground covers. You can imagine an area full of bright flowers with a carpet of decorative leaves. The taller sedums give a lot of texture and color in the yard. Just give them full sun and well-drained soil.

Both the short and tall versions are known by their thick, lush leaves that retain water. They also have characteristic showy flower heads that attract butterflies and bees. They are native to mountainous areas of the northern hemisphere from California to Siberia. With rare exception, all sedums are perennials, giving you years and years of loyal blooms.

Sedums are succulents, but you don’t have to think of them only as an alternative to a cactus garden. The tall sedums are especially flexible. They are great flower borders or can be placed next to wispy grasses. Other good companion plants are sage and verbena. If you haven’t tried a member of this hardy group, it might be fun to search out and find some to experiment with in your own yard.

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