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Growing Love Affair with Sedums and Similars

Category: Ramblings | Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:52 pm

I have collected a small number of sedums over the years, but this last year really got the "bug". Probably because I really desired a wreath from the Farmer's Market but was too cheap to buy one. Forty bucks for the smallest one seemed a bit much to me, but who knows how much I have spent in making them (yes plural) for myself and a few others. It definitely would have been cheaper just to buy one, but not nearly as much fun.


The envy of my eye for a very long time....sedum wreathes ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )

Sedums are amazing plants, drought resistant and many are hardy for colder climates. I understand that they aren't for the hot southwestern US, maybe because of the heat and dryness. In exploring different types of sedums, some of the most common in cultivation seem to come from Europe. My maritime climate seems just right for a great number of them, after all the Sedum Society is in the UK and I understand our climate is similar.


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Sedum Kamtschaticum ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


A little 'roller' that I have captured again and potted up ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


'Wayne's Brains' ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


Sedum sexangulare ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


Sedum spurium "tricolor" ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


Sedum spurium Red Carpet ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


Sedum makinoi ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


Sedum pluricaule ezawe 'compact' ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )

My small love affair with sedums has steadily grown. The difficulty with sedums is finding a good way to show off their diminutive size. I have tried different containers with mixed results. Some have found homes in the rocks around the fish pond or in the edges of the front yard patio.


Sedum blooming by fish pond ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


Sedum ewersii ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' and Tricolored pansy ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


sedum with hens and chicks ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )

Sedums have a huge variety of form and size. When I started to make living wreaths my interest was sparked further and I slowly began to expand my variety of sedums and added Sempervivums, Lewisia cotyledon and a few other small drought tolerant plants. Semperviviums (hens and chicks) have sparked my interest in their variety of color, size and subtle differences of form. They are really fun and versatile plants.


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Lewisia and some of the drought hardy make fine plants also.


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I have barely touched the surface, but that seems to always be the way with gardening in any form. I maybe growing older, but my youth, enthusiasm, wonder are still with me when gardening.


Moss Wreath planted with lewiisia and sedums ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


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Sedum and Sempervivum Ball ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )


Today's blooms. Brought it into the breezeway to enjoy a little longer. ( photo / image / picture from Jewell2009's Garden )

What joy I get when I can combine my own energies with natures.


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Comments

 

glendann wrote on Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:27 pm:


Oh my gosh.They are wonderful.You do have a great talent.I love the wreaths.




 

eileen wrote on Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:42 pm:


I have mixed results from the sedums I've planted here in Scotland. Some do very well and others don't seem to like our hard winters. It doesn't stop me from experimenting with different types though.
You have a wonderful collection Jewell and your wreath and hanging ball are lovely.




 

Sjoerd wrote on Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:53 am:


What a remarkable collection of sedums. They are so nice-looking. You´ve had enormous success.




 

kuntrygal wrote on Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:48 am:


WOW, those are beautiful. You really have a nice selection and collection. I love the hanging ball and the 'Angelina'.




 

Droopy wrote on Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:41 pm:


I love that Lewisia in the last photo. Sedums and sempervivums are nice plants. We've got quite a few of them too, but not as many as you've got. You're really smitten, aren't you? Good!





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