Susan Harris
All about gardening the eco-friendly way, by Susan Harris and 22 other garden writers and experts.

Creeping Sedums Compiled, and Adored

September 4, 2010 · 4 comments

Have I mentioned that creeping sedums, the super-drought-tolerant, super-short groundcovers, are turning out to be my top pick to replace lawn?  Out with the clover, the thymes and the Potentilla, and in with more and more types of sedums.   And really, I’m glad those other groundcovers failed for me because I’m so gobsmacked with these plants.  Click here to see the ones that are succeeding for me and some others that have been recommended by the experts.   I’ll keep updating that page with more great examples, and the results of the newest additions to my garden.

So who ARE these experts?  Ed Snodgrass, grower of Green Roof Plants, gave me the benefit of his observations from growing dozens of sedums and other super-tough plants that do well on roofs.  (I profiled him here on GardenRant.) Last week I revisited Ed last week, and here is he snacking on a carrot he grew in those gorgeous metal tanks.

Now check out how Ed weeds around Sedums – not spraying with herbicide, not bent over digging, but walking around with a flame weeding tool on a 3-foot extension.  Because Sedums are so succulent, they’re unharmed by nearby flames, which burn the weeds to a crisp.  I’m SO going to get me one of these, even if I have to pay for it!

And the last photo shows you the whole tray of Sedum takesimense that Ed gave me to add to my collection, sitting on top of the Sedum sarmentosum that cover my back yard.  These greener, taller sedums are now planted in a river through the sarmentosum.  That’s the idea, anyway, and we’ll see how that turns out.

The other experts who contributed recommendations to this compilation are Sandy McDougal of Sandy’s Plants in Virginia (profiled here), and Paul Mancuso of Mahoney’s in Massachusetts.  Thanks to all of them.

Top photo: green roof at Eastern Village.


1 Pam J. September 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Having seen your sedums up close today makes me appreciate them all the more. Everything looked great…Your passion for trying out new things pays off so often!

2 Marta Ratajszczak September 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm

They make such beautiful plants for extensive roof gardens! The mixture of species give you a hardy, colourful carpet on the roof – wonderful view, and so good for the house below!

3 Henny Penny September 13, 2010 at 3:26 am

1. I love sedums! They are so beautiful!

2. Deer love them even more.

4 susan harris September 13, 2010 at 5:34 am

Henny, deer don ‘t love these super-short sedums. ‘Autumn Joy’ they love above all other plants in my garden, but they leave these creepers completely alone.

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