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Monday, May 9, 2016 Perennials

Groundcover Sedums Make Sense

I've always had a bit of an appreciation for the low-growing, groundcover sedum varieties. They were fine, and I'd use them in different gardens and landscapes I'd design for other people, but these sedums were never really something I loved for myself. That changed when I discovered Drop and Grow Sedum Tiles. These versatile tiles really opened my eyes to how interesting and versatile the groundcover sedums can be in the landscape. 

The main reason is that Drop and Grow Sedum Tiles are composed of cuttings of several different varieties planted together. The effect is much more lush and interesting than just one variety alone -- especially when you have selections like golden-yellow 'Angelina' mixed with purple-tinted 'John Creech'. 

There are so many ways you can use groundcover sedums in your yard or landscape -- whether you use the multi-color tiles or go with a single variety. One of the classic ways is lining a pathway or in between steppingstones. Sedums grow low enough they don't cause a tripping hazard and look great. Plus, from an environmental standpoint, they're fantastic between steppingstones because they break up pavers, allowing for more water to be absorbed into your landscape, rather than running off and potentially being lost to storm sewers. 

You can also use groundcover sedums as a lawn replacement in hot, sunny areas of your yard that don't see a lot of foot traffic. Because they stay low, you don't have to mow these plants. And because they're drought-tolerant succulents, you don't have to worry about watering them to keep them lush. That saves a lot of time -- and money -- when it comes to landscaping! 

If you're the creative type, you can also use low-growing groundcover sedums in a wide variety of gardening DIY projects. I've seen sedums used spectacularly, for example, in low-maintenance vertical gardens and living walls. They're also great on roofs -- such as a doghouse or birdhouse. You can wire two coconut-fiber hanging baskets together to form a globe, fill with soil, and plant groundcover sedums around the perimeter of the sphere to create a stunning hanging basket. I've also seen sedums planted in the base of hanging baskets -- so when you're underneath a basket looking up at it, you're seeing live plants rather than the plastic pot or coconut-fiber matting.

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