The Joy of Sedum

Sedum with Yucca in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Sedum with Yucca ‘Bright Edge’ (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

I’m starting to fall in love with my garden all over again, and you can too, with a fresh infusion of late season bloomers.  One of the least fussy, low maintenance and pest resistant plants that persist into winter are sedum; a genus of about 400 species of perennials and annuals in the Crassulaceae (or Stonecrop) family, ranging from the mountains of the Northern hemisphere to arid spots in South America.  From tall specimens at 3 feet, to ground cover selections that remain around 6 inches, there’s sure to be a sedum for you.  Whether in a garden or container, sedum offers multi-season interest and makes a superb companion to a variety of other plants and shrubs. [Read more…]

Where there’s gold …

Rudbeckia with Hoopsii Spruce in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Rudbeckia with Hoopsii spruce (Photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

. . . there’s Goldsturm, Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ that is, providing a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in your garden.  This native beauty is tough, disease resistant, drought tolerant and easy to grow.  Justifiably chosen as Perennial Plant of the Year for 1999, as long as you live in zones 3–9 and have lots of sun and soil, you’ve met its minimal requirements.  Although sources state its height at about 24″, in my garden black-eyed Susan grows to over 3′ tall easily, sometimes I cut it back just to keep it a little shorter and to prolong the bloom.  Her spread is a little less predictable . . . [Read more…]