I am just learning the vast varieties of Sedum and the creative ways they are being planted. I have grown Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ for years and enjoy how it takes care of itself. I even know how to make frog bellies from its leaves. Many years past I lost hens and chicks because I didn’t follow its cultural needs – I put it on a shady porch and over-watered it!
Last year I planted a decorative bird cage with some hens and chicks for the Wildlife Watch garden (see photo). It contained green- and purple-leaved varieties but only the green ones survived the winter outside.
Since I had the succulent class this week and bought three new sedum varieties, I decided to plant a dish garden using the sedums with the hens and chicks. The photo shows my resulting dish garden planted in a terra cotta saucer.
If you think of the saucer as a clock face, my sedum locations will correspond as follows:
- October Daphne or stonecrop (Sedum sieboldii) is the central plant where a clock’s hand would attach. It curves upwards and has red edges on the leaves.
- At one o’clock is a yellow flowering sedum that I think is Sedum ‘Angelina.’
- At four o’clock is Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce.’
- The three small rosettes from seven o’clock and wrapping around the stone are hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum).
- At ten o’clock is the green moss sedum. I’m not sure if this it’s official nomenclature; it may be a sedum acre.
- At eleven o’clock is Sedum dasyphyllum ‘Himalayan Skies.’
If you are a connoisseur of sedum and see that I’ve misnamed some varieties, please let me know so I can update my Work-In-Progress Garden.