Low-Growing Sedums

Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’ – This semi-evergreen Sedum has brilliant gold foliage of tiny rounded leaves and it bears yellowish-green summer blooms. Many gardeners have found that this cultivar prefers part sun and is actually brighter with some shade. ‘Ogon’ requires excellent drainage to survive our coastal winters. Grows 2-3″ high. Indefinite spread. Zone 7.

Sedum hispanicum var. minus – The Blue Carpet Sedum is deer resistant and quite drought tolerant once established. The semi-evergreen soft-textured foliage is a unique greyish-blue, with white-tinted-pink blooms in summer. This is not a good choice for around stepping stones as it retains the ‘trampled’ look. Grows 3″ high by 12-18″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Sedum spathulifolium ‘Capa Blanca’ (syn. ‘Cape Blanco’) – A BC native with striking silver-grey evergreen foliage (spoon-shaped leaves arranged in rosettes) that is nicely contrasted by the starry yellow flowers in July and August. ‘Capa Blanca’ makes an excellent rock garden or container specimen and prefers part to full sun. Grows 4-6″ high and up to 2′ wide. Zone 5.

Sedum oreganum – Oregon Stonecrop is another native of the Pacific Northwest and is quite adapatable, growing from the seaside all the way up to the alpine.  The shiny green foliage is evergreen and often picks up a reddish-purple tinge in the summer heat and occasionally in winter. This species is used on green roofs, growing 4-6″ high by 12-24″ wide . Zone 5.

Sedum acre ‘Aureum’ – The Golden Moss Stonecrop works well as a groundcover between stepping stones, but make sure that you don’t use it around other fine textured perennials, as it is quite invasive. The reliably evergreen foliage emerges a bright creamy-yellow and fades to pale green, with starry yellow blooms in summer. Grows 2 to 3″ high and is hardy to zone 3.

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