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Friday, March 20, 2009

A Sedum Garden

I haven't showed this little garden yet in its entirety. The garden is still incomplete and you really can't see the effect I'm looking for yet but here's a glimpse at our sedum garden in March. Between our driveway/garage area and the front sidewalk there was a small wedge of dirt.  There used to be an evergreen in this location but bagworms decided lunch was more important than the aesthetics of the garden. It's funny how they can be so selfish to put their own well being above that of my plants.  It was also a little bit of a problem spot since the gutter aims right into the bed which would make it hard for plants to dry out during the winter when you don't want them too wet and hard for them to get water in the summer when there wasn't any falling from the clouds.


To solve this problem I did a couple things.
  • Connected a perforated drain pipe to the gutter and aimed it toward the driveway and the rain garden across the pavement. This now removes the extra water for the bed while still watering the area.
  • Removed all the weeds and dead plant material, tree included.
  • Covered with newspapers and mulched.
  • Added as many sedums as I could.
The sedums were the perfect choice for the area. They are extremely drought tolerant, easy to grow and maintain, propagate easily, and look really cool! As the sedums grow I pinch off whole branches and just stick them where I want them. This "pinch and stick" technique has multiplied the sedums significantly. It works especially well with the 'Blue Spruce' sedum and the 'Dragon's Blood' sedum. It's hard to see from the picture but there are several sprigs of sedums in the bare spots that have just recently been planted. For the 'Autumn Joy' sedums I used the cutting in a water jar method and for my mystery sedum I used both of the methods above. I have sedum acre but haven't planted it as I am fearing a complete take over.



14 comments :

  1. Dear Dave .. that is going to be a gorgeous sedum border .. I can just see it now ! or is it because Autumn JOY is my favorite ?? LOL

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  2. Great idea, it is going to be beautiful once it's filled in, waiting on my gardens to fill in as well.

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  3. What a great way to fill in that strip by the driveway. I love sedums, they are such carefree plants & easy to propogate too.

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  4. We have sedum acre on our front hillside and it does take over, rather quickly. I would not plant it where you don't want it to overtake everything else. That being said, it doesn't seem to choke out the other plants. I kind of like it, but it gets a little messy looking later in the summer.

    I'm a HUGE sedum lover and I've been collecting different kinds. Every year I buy myself one or collect one from a garden I'm visiting. This past year I finally acquired "Sedum Frosty Morn" I've been looking for it for years and have never seen it in a garden on at a store. I paid a pretty penny for it, but it's well worth it. The variegated leaves are stunning as are the frosty green blooms.

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  5. I love sedum and all the colors and textures. I really like all the ones you have pictured, it's going to look really nice.

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  6. That's going to be great Dave! I love sedums. Wonderful project.

    Have a great weekend!

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  7. What a great idea and I know it will be lovely! Your collage is gorgeous, Dave;-)

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  8. It's a good looking Idea Dave. I look forward to seeing it later in the season. Will you keep us posted?

    Rob

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  9. You simply are brilliant, Dave. No doubt. I'll be waiting for the photos later this month of this patch.

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  10. I bet you didn't know that you can blow air into a sedum Autumn Joy leaf to make it look like a frog's belly. Felder Rushing showed me how. :~P

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  11. I believe this area will look great this summer and this autumn. I can't wait to see it, I really like Sedums, though I only have one, Sedum 'Autumn Joy'.

    Jake

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  12. It's going to be wonderful when all the sedum have grown in... a mosaic of color and texture. gail

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  13. Hello lovely fotos natur, corner garden, parks.
    Have a nice spring 's week , just before Easter.
    Greeting from Belgium.

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