Sedums are a large family of easy-care plants known for their thick succulent foliage. There are many varieties to choose from with unusual forms and striking colors. You’ll find butterflies attracted to the summer blooming pink, white, purple, red and yellow flowers. Some leaves look like tiny jelly beans while others can be needle-like, scalloped or rosettes. They add interest all year long.

Sedum groundcover mix

Sedums thrive in well-drained soil and full sun, making them drought tolerant. You will need to check on them for water needs while they are getting established, but once they are, sedums require very little care. In fact, overwatering is the most common mistake. Many gardeners like sedum because it is deer and rabbit resistant. Sedum can be used as groundcover or to add interest in a container.

The reliability and ease of caring for sedums make them a great first plant for beginners. The Growing Place carries over 50 varieties of sedum in Perennials. They were chosen as Growing Place Choice plants because they perform strong year after year and require little maintenance once established.

Perennial Hens & Chicks

Sempervivum, or Hens and Chicks, are attractive rosettes of succulent foliage. Also drought tolerant, they too like average, well-drained soil and full sun, while many can take part shade as well. They bloom pink, white or burgundy depending on the variety. Sempervivum are also called House Leeks. Why? They were once used to patch holes in roofs! Tuck them into rock gardens or a retaining wall, in troughs and containers. Get crafty and make a living wreath. Sempervivum are also Growing Place Choice plants.

Succulent Container
Portulaca, echeveria, sedum and kalanchoe mixed with lantana in a container.

Portulaca have succulent, trailing foliage with showy flowers in assorted colors. More sensitive to cold, portulaca are considered annuals here. They look beautiful mixed in beds, rock gardens or hanging baskets. Heat and drought tolerant, portulaca bloom all season when in full sun to part shade, attracting pollinators with their bold-colored blooms.

Aloe, crassula, echeveria, euphorbia, graptoveria, kalanchoe and senecio are additional succulents found at The Growing Place. Enjoy mixing different succulents together. You will see symmetry and pattern, height and depth in contrasting colors and shapes.