Gardening and Landscaping on the shore of Lake Michigan in Zone 4 - Zone 5. The special circumstances, needs and assets, for lake area gardening. Blogs to cover ongoing gardening and plantings, developments and issues, special plants. This is a photo journal of gardening as a hobby, shared with those of like mind.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Succulent - - Sedum
The Gardens at Waters East has a variety of Sedum plants from low ground cover types to small bush types.There are more than 400 species of these plants.It takes so very little care to make them happy.They are not fussy about soil.They only ask for good drainage.Sedum are;drought tolerant succulents that store water in their leaves, easy to propagate, any sunny place makes them happy.They have great texture, a varied forms, and both a variety of leaf and flower colorations.Many are easily hardy to Zone 3.All these qualities can certainly make any gardener planting them happy too!
You may have noticed that today in the world of design, sedum are becoming popular with the “green movement” as a roofingmaterial because of their qualities of easy care, drought abilities, and insulation.No doubt the world will be seeing more use of these hardy plants.Office buildings and many homes in cities large and small have seen a movement in the direction of this environmentally friendly living material.
Since one does not need a “green thumb” with these plants, Gardens at Waters East has used them in a number of the garden room with a sense of “plant them and forget them” attitude.A great time saver when your garden is large with many other more fussy plants.That is one of the reasons they are a favorite of this gardener.That, and the wonderful variety of color, form, texture, etc. that they offer throughout the gardens and throughout the seasons.
Here is a partial list of plants and some photos of sedum living and doing well in the gardens, with so little care in the Gardens at Waters East.
(now moved to genus – Hylotelephium)
Sedum Kamtschaticum Veriegata
Plus many more, the names of which are unknown – to me
The following photos were taken in the garden, during the Summer, and during the Winter so as to demonstrate that with these “tough” plants there is interest year round.
NOTE:All photos use in this posting were taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East.
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