Sedum is a perennial plant with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. They are hardy, drought tolerant, and require very little maintenance. Sedum come in a variety of shapes, colors, textures and sizes, and are suitable for almost any garden design or container. Many varieties bloom in late summer through fall when many other bloomers are on their way out.  They also offer a late source for pollinators during this period.

Sedums are common in both creeping and upright form. The creeping types have long narrow stems that grow along the ground and form mats of colorful fleshy foliage in blues, yellows, coppers, maroons and more. Many creeping types of sedum will root wherever they touch the ground and can easily spread to fill a space. This makes them a perfect choice for groundcover in rock gardens or for growing through cracks in walls. Although not specifically grown for their flowers, creeping sedums do produce attractive but short sprays of flowers.

The upright sedums typically form tight clumps of foliage and don’t spread. They have upright stems that typically grow 1-3 ft. and are often used as back borders in the garden. Upright sedums are traditionally grown for their symmetrical form and colorful flower clusters that bloom in summer or autumn and make great cut flowers. This type of sedum can be easily divided in spring to make more plants.

Fort Collins Nursery has dozens of beautiful sedum varieties to choose from.  Here are a few examples to get you started:

October Daphne Sedum

Sedum sieboldii

October Daphne Sedum is a trailing groundcover with attractive, fleshy, blue-gray leaves edged in red. Each stem produces a flat cluster of dusty pink flowers in late summer. This plant is perhaps most known for its beautiful fall color when the leaves turn coppery red with shades of pink, red, yellow, and orange, often while the plant is still flowering. It can be used as a small-scale groundcover, as an edging, in rock gardens, or tucked into cracks in a rock wall. It also pairs well with other fall flowering perennials in containers.  

  • Height: 6-12 in.
  • Width: 10-12 in.
  • Water: Low
  • Bloom: Pink/ Late Summer
  • Zones: 3-9

Mr. Goodbud Sedum

Sedum telephium ‘Mr. Goodbud’

Mr. Goodbud is a tall, upright sedum with clumps of smokey-blue foliage and vibrant, hot pink blooms that last up to 10 weeks. It has extremely strong and relatively short flower stems capable of holding up its massive 8-10” flower heads and preventing it from flopping.

  • Height: 16-18 in.
  • Width: 20-22 in.
  • Water: Low
  • Bloom: Pink/ Late Summer
  • Zones: 3-8

Pure Joy Sedum

Sedum ‘Pure Joy’

Pure Joy Sedum is a wonderful plant from the Proven Winners® collection. In spring, very small and sharply serrated leaves emerge a cool blue-green color and form into a low mound, perfect for edging the front of the border. By late summer, bubblegum pink flowers completely cover the mound, turning brighter pink as the season progresses. Pure Joy Sedum pairs beautifully with fall bloomers like Black Eyed Susan, Asters, and Mums.

  • Height: 10-12 in.
  • Width: 12-16 in.
  • Water: Low
  • Bloom: Pink/ Late Summer
  • Zones: 3

Turquoise Tails Blue Sedum

Sedum sediforme

Turquoise Tails Blue Sedum is a 2013 Plant Select® release and the first sedum selected in the program. This heirloom sedum is robust yet compact and survives with minimal care in our area. Creamy yellow flowers rise above succulent blue mounds in mind summer, creating a sculptural accent in a xeric garden. It survives with very little care once established and is evergreen during the winter months.  Turquoise Tails Blue Sedum is drought tolerant as well as deer resistant.

  • Height: 4-6 in.
  • Width: 6-12 in.
  • Water: Low to xeric
  • Bloom: Yellow/ Summer
  • Zones: 5-10

Originally published on July 3rd, 2019.