Sedum is Seriously Cool Stuff

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So… sedum.  What is it?  It’s this:

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Photo courtesy of www.twofrog.com

And this:

Photo courtesy of http://www.virginia.edu/blandy/sedum.jpg

Photo courtesy of http://www.virginia.edu/blandy/sedum.jpg

And this…

sedum 3

Photo courtesy of sedumphotos.net.

One more for good measure:

sedum 4

Photo courtesy of joenesgarden.com

Basically, it’s an overarching term for members a very large and hardy group of succulents.  They have water-storing leaves, which makes them a perfect choice for water gardens, rock gardens and super dry areas.  If you’ll recall from our past post on the Civic Center Parking Garage green roof, sedum is also an awesome option for rooftops, even at home!  Sedum: natural insulation 🙂

sedum_roof

Photo courtesy of ecobrooklyn.com

Sedum is also perfect for xeriscaping, which is just a fun way to say gardening for areas without a lot of water (use sedum in compacted soil or full sun areas too).

sedum rock garden

Photo courtesy of myqualitygarden.blogspot.com

As we head into the busiest weekend of the year, Judy in our Perennials division was inspired to repurpose a broken birdbath top.  If you want to recreate this look, a broken unsealed clay birdbath is perfect since the crack will allow for even better drainage.  And of course we’d like to wish a happy Memorial Day to all our troops and their families, past and present.  We hope you’ll get to spend this weekend with your family, and if it’s in the garden being creative, so much the better!

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Sedum garden by Judy, featuring Ice Plant, Hens and Chickens and Mezoo!

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