Sedum Autumn Joy growing in my Australian garden

Sedum Succulent for Your Garden and Pots

Sedum Succulent Plants

Sedum Autumn Joy growing in my Australian gardenFrom the Latin “sedere” meaning “to sit”, the Sedum plant literally takes the perfect seat as vibrant ground and wall covering. This particular genus belongs to the stonecrop family which contains over 300 species. Its like perfection from the moment it emerges from the soil and because of this, it is quite popular in Australia. In the summer these perennials add a fresh new look to your garden and are even left standing to look beautiful in the winter when their foliage dies. The sedum succulents are known for being very easy to grow and are drought resistant plants. The government of Australia also includes the sedum plant species in their green initiatives. The sedum plant is one of the stars of green roof projects. These succulents are great for filling up small dull spaces in your garden that you have no idea what to do with. Sedums are regularly called and known as Stonecrop.

How Do Sedum Spectabile or Showy Sedum Succulent Plants Grow?

Sedums in this group of plants grow and form a nice rounded mound of foliage throughout the year. Sedum begins to flower late Summer through to mid Autumn. After flowering, the foliage will die back to its roots by early Winter. Over the cold winter months of the year, they will form a carpet of small rosette foliage, until they start back into growth in early Spring. 

Sedum Plants Care

Sedum care is very simple which is another reason for its popularity among home gardeners. Sedum succulent can easily grow in a sunny or partly shaded condition.

Where to Plant Sedum Plants?

The lower to the ground varieties survive well in partial shade while the higher growth varieties are better planted in full sun. Sedums will grow in any frosty or seaside garden.

How to Grow Sedum Plants?

Sedums require light well-drained soil with a depth of about 12 to 15 inches which can be done with a garden fork or tiller. I make and mix a 2 to 4 inch layer of compost and apply at least 2 inches of compost around the plants each spring. 

How and When to Propagate Sedum Plants?

Sedum succulents are easily divided and propagated. After flowering, propagate anytime using stem cuttings or split and separate clumps in early spring.
Let the cuttings dry out for at least 2 days before you plant them in a propagating mix.  
Sedum plants are best seeded in the spring then spaced at about 6 inches to 2 feet apart depending on their variety.

How to Water Sedum Plants?

For best results occasionally deep water these plants during the summer coming into flower, if there is less than one inch of rainfall per week.

When to Prune Sedum Plants?

You should cut the stems back to an inch or two after the winter frost. The plants will need to be divided every 3 to 4 years in the spring as new growth forms.

Sedum Succulents – How to Grow Hardy Sedums Plants in Gardens Pots

Lower growing sedums make great groundcovers and are great for hanging baskets or spilling over tall garden pots. Sedum succulent plants are easily planted into garden pots at any time of the year.

Sedum Plant Varieties

These are many of the different types of sedum plants that I grow, all varieties will have the ability to add flair to your home garden. Because of its dependable and adaptable nature, the

  • Sedum Spectabile Autumn Joy is a particularly popular species of this plant group in Australia as well as other parts of the world. It blooms from March into May ranging in a height of 1 to 3 feet with an equally sized spread. They bloom with a pinkish colour and mature to a copper tone by autumn. It is also known as showy sedum Sedum Spectabile autumn joy. 
  • Sedum Spectabile Ruby Glow is another sedum type that is a low growing plant. It ranges between a height of 6 to 8 inches and a spread of 1 to 3 feet. These flowers have a rosy-red hue with bluish-green leaves. The Sedum Ruby Glow blooms from summer to late summer.
  • Sedum Spectabile Purple Emperor has dark maroon growing stems and foliage, flowers start deep pink and fade to terracotta height 70cm does well in full sun.
  • Sedum Spectabile Frosty Morn has variegated foliage, leaves are grey green and upright with white borders, that grow broccoli heads of pink flowers.
  • Sedum Spectabile Iceberg lime green fleshy thick leaves, a lovely white flowering form, hardy grower grows to 50cm.
  • Sedum Spectabile Neon has showy green succulent foliage that looks great in my garden. In Autumn, it produces massive brilliant true pink/purple flowers that form 50cm high and wide mounds. 
  • Sedum Spectabile Blue Pearl newest sedum I grow has spectacular foliage colour of blue purple growth tinged red when grown in the hot summer sun and dark pink flowers. 20cm by 35cm
  • Sedum Spectabile Variegatum green leaves with brilliant splashes of light green with striking dark pink-red flowers produced from late summer to autumn. Winter dormant hardy succulent 20 x 30cm. Also known as Sedum Green and Gold ” Sedum Spectabile ”  Showy Sedum – Succulent
  • Sedum Telephium Strawberries and Cream is a clump-forming perennial with rounded pink and cream flower heads that bloom in late summer on top of purple-tinged succulent foliage.
  • Sedum Beth Chatto crinkled blue waxy leaves with a mild purple blush produce large heads of creamy lemon flowers during summer that age to bronze during autumn. 
  • Sedum Telephium Vera Jameson has semi-trailing blue green foliage, ruby mauve flowers bloom. A ground cover edging plant that thrives in containers and can spill over the edges.
  • Sedum Mexicanum Gold Mound is an excellent sedum to grow as a potted plant. Sedum gold mound grows to a mature height of 10 – 25 cm depending on the quality of your soil. This plant is yellow in colour and grows best in full sun. The Sedum Gold Mound flowers in spring and can be planted in spring, summer and autumn.

Whatever variety of sedum plant you choose to cultivate will enliven your home and garden.



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