With groundcover plants being so much in demand, the creeping sedums are begining to gain popularity. The 'Green Roof' industry has been a big promoter of these plants, however we want to bring them back to earth as low care ground cover plants.
Sedum pellucida 'Little Missy', is more of a mound forming type, it also trails well, an excellent cover the top of low garden wall in a sunny position (pictured right)
We would probably not suggest them as a lawn replacement if you intend to walk on them regularly, however for many other areas these low growing sedums are a great solution.
Sedums grow well in poor soils, and thats a big advantage. Most of the creeping varieties require little to no maintenance, thats another big plus. And many are dense growing, crowding out weeds and reducing the need to 'weed the garden' another big tick for sedums.
And finally, they require little water and vitrually no fertilizer, so lets hear it for the low growing sedums, the versatile groundcover.
Planting Sedums as Ground Covers
You are then ready to plant. You can plant into the soil, or through the pea gravel, whichever works for you. Work out a planting distance taking into account the eventual spread of the plant.
You will need to water in well, and you may need to water throught the first summer as root system established, after this those sedums should be on their own in terms of care.
You will need to keep an eye on weeds until the plants grow and spread. And even after the form a good cover the occasiaonl weed may appear. So that its about it for caring for your new groundcover from the wonderful creeping sedums.
Creeping Sedum Varieties
We do like Sedum rurotinctum with its red 'Jelly Bean' foliage. These turn a more vibrant red the more sun theu get.
Others Include :
- Sedum spurium 'Schorbuser Blut'
- Sedum rurotinctum
- Sedum brevifolium.
- Sedum hintonii.
- Sedum pellucida 'Little-Missy'
- Sedum album chorticum,
- Sedum album subsp. teretifolium 'Murale',
- Sedum spurium 'Voodoo',
- Sedum spurium 'Red Carpet'
- Sedum fosterianum 'Oracle'
All are low growing and make excellent ground covers.