sedum

Sedums or stonecrops are the new darlings of the garden and with good reason, from their diversity of form and color to their easy care and ability to make it in those dry hot-spots (which need to be well-drained)!

When I walk through my garden, I am surprised at all the little nooks and crannies that I find sedums spilling out of. As I watch them grow, they keep on surprising me with their changing color of foliage then the flowers pop out with these mounds of tiny five-petalled star shaped flowers on slender stalks that look impossible to be from the same plant.

With the arrival of fall, the brilliant colors of the trees echo in the small sedum leaves as they turn brilliant red, magenta and purple. The taller, shrubby sedums are showing off their flowers now, making the bees drunk on nectar for one of the last hurrahs of summer. I will leave the seed heads from the flowers up most of the winter for a bit of winter interest after everything else has died down.

Sedums are commonly called stonecrop because it is often found growing on and amongst stones. Whether it is a low-growing groundcover-type sedum or an upright shrubby-type sedum, they all have fleshy succulent leaves of various sizes, colors, and shapes, like full sun, good drainage, and are mostly drought-tolerant. Most bloom in the summer or fall with flowers of either yellow, white, or pink.

Sedums work great in a rock or alpine garden or as a splash of interest in a rock wall. In a container, they could be great filler for that late season interest or as a cute little spiller for an extra surprise. It is hard to go wrong with a few cute sedums potted up in a container or basket. They are a favorite for green-roofs because they do not need a lot of soil and love those conditions.

The flowers are great for attracting butterflies and bees and make a good cut flower. Planted with other drought-tolerant plants like grasses, coneflowers, asters, and penstemon one could have an easy care, attractive garden. There are also some varieties of native sedums that are very, very cool.

Here are a few of our favorite Sedums:

Sedum acre

Sedum acre (Goldmoss sedum)

Great little evergreen groundcover, 2-5 inches tall with upright branchlets from trailing stems. This sedum originates from Europe, Turkey and North Africa. Sedum ‘Aureum’ has pale green leaves with yellow tips and bright yellow flowers. Zone 5.

Sedum spectabile (Showy Sedum)

There are many cultivars of this shrubby sedum originating from China and Korea. It grows about 18 inches tall and wide with upright or slightly spreading stems and roundish, 3 inch leaves and dies to the ground in the winter. In late summer and fall these plants are adorned with large domes of flowers in shades of pink about 6 inches wide that the bees and butterflies love. These might need staking if the flower-heads get too heavy. Zone 4.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’

A hybrid between S. telephium and S. spectabile that is an upright shrubby sedum reaching 1-2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The green leaves are rounded 2-3 inches long and wide and in the autumn the plant is topped with mounds of pink flowers that age to a coppery pink and eventually to a rust color. It dies back in winter. Zone 3-10.

Sedum 'Tricolor'

Sedum ‘John Creech’

Tight green foliage that turns burgundy in the fall, and ‘Tricolor’ with green leaves and cream and red edging. Zone 4.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

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Agastache: Hyssop

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Anemone: Windflower

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Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

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Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

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Asclepias: Milkweed

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Aster

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Astilbe: False Spirea

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Bellium: Miniature Daisy

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Bergenia: Pigsqueak

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Brunnera: Bugloss

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Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

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Chrysanthemum

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Coreopsis: Tickweed

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Corydalis

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Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

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Delphinium: Larkspur

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Dianthus: Carnation

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Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

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Echinacea: Coneflower

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Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

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Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

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Erodium: Alpine Geranium

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Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

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Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

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Hardy Fuchsia

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Hardy Geranium

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Geum: Avens

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Helenium: Sneezeweed

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Hellebore

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Hellebore: Gold Collection

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Hellebore: Winter Jewel

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Heuchera: Coral Bells

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Hosta: Plantain Lily

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Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

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Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

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Leptinella

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Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

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Ligularia

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Monarda: Bee Balm

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Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

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Paeonia: Peony

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Papaver: Poppy

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Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

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Perovskia: Russian Sage

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Primula: Primrose

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Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

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Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

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Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

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Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
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Solidago: Goldenrod

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Synthyris: Native Figwort

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Top Shade Perennials

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Top Sun Perennials

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Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

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Vinca: Periwinkle

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Viola: Violet

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Native Viola: Violet

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Zantedeschia: Calla Lily