Sedum

Sedum is a perennial plant with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. These sun-loving plants are hardy, drought tolerant, and require very little maintenance. Sedums 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-season 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 blooms, creeping sedums do produce short and attractive sprays of flowers.

Upright sedums typically form tight clumps of foliage and don’t spread. They have strong 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 plant, 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

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, Fall Asters, and Mums.

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

Night Embers Sedum

Sedum ‘Night Embers’

Night Embers Sedum is a late season bloomer, admired for its strictly upright habit of dark black-purple, semi-glossy succulent leaves. Small clusters of light mauve pink flowers are produced on deep red stems, the perfect accent color to the darkly colored foliage. Flowers are produced on the top half of its tall sturdy stems. With a narrow base and a vase-like habit, this perennial combines well with shorter companions in a limited space. 

  • Height: 24-26″
  • Width: 24-26″
  • Water: Low-Moderate
  • Bloom: Mauve/ Late Summer-Early Fall
  • Zones: 3-9

Autumn Fire Sedum

Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’

The Autumn Fire Sedum is very similar to the popular Autumn Joy variety, but was selected for its tighter growth habit, thicker foliage, and more brightly colored rose-pink flowers which are produced from late summer into fall. Their strong stems allow them to remain upright and tall. After the blooms have finished, the flowers can be left to dry on the plant for added winter interest. 

  • Height: 24-30″
  • Width: 18-24″
  • Water:  Low-Moderate 
  • Bloom: Pink Shades
  • Zones: 3-9

Originally published on July 3rd, 2019. Updated on July 1st, 2020.