Sedums are superbly tough plants for full, hot sun. And if you do try to grow them in part shade because the books say you can – the taller species are going to flop over.
- Height: 2-24 inches
- Width: variable – ground cover sedums are spreading, upright forms spread to 18-24 inches
- Planting distance: Upright 18 inches, spreading 24 inches
- Sunlight: Full hot sun. Sedums will “live” in part shade but upright species flop over.
- Propagation: Division is the easiest although spreading can be easily done by cuttings
- Colours – red tones to white on upright while spreading have whites, yellows, red tones
- Bloomtime: Mid to late summer for 6-8 weeks
Most of the family thrives in hot full-sun locations in well-drained soils.
Cold hardy to -20F soil temperatures, I’ve never lost one in USDA zone 4.
Best Propagation System
Taller sedums propagate easily by division.
The ground cover sedums root as they go so simple cut off a shoot and replant
Good varieties for the perennial border include:
Taller Sedum x hybrid
‘Bertram Anderson’ low-growing to 8-inches blackish foliage with purple-red flowers.
‘Black Jack’ purplish-black leaves, upright to 24-inches, deep pink flowers
‘Chocolate’ bronze-brown foliage, 18-20 inches tall, salmon-pink blooms
‘Purple Emperor’ purple-black leaves, 10-18 inches, pink flowers
‘Vera Jameson’ purplish leaves, 8-inches tall, pink flowers.
S. spectabile ‘Autumn Fire’ 24-inches, rose blooms (upright habit – not floppy)
S. spectabile ‘ Brilliant’ shocking mauve-pink flowers turning rusty-red
S. spectabile ‘Neon’ Rosy pink flowers, (brightest)
S. spectabile ‘Frosty Morn’ a green-white variegated leaf with large white flowers