Sedums to grow in your UK garden must be hardy to resist cold frost ,
and be tough enough to live through both wet and dry conditions.
The location for a garden sedum is well drained and bright light – at least a few hours of direct light each day, though this is not too essential for the deciduous sedums over winter so if the sun doesnt rise high enough to shine on these then its no problem – it may in summer when they need the sun, when the arc of the sun is much higher and your garden is lit much better.
These Succulents dislike constant damp and need to dry out regularly –
ideal for containers, baskets, troughs, wall and green roof gardens where water is sometimes added.
Hylotelephiums need Vernalising – 6 weeks of cold – to produce
short, compact growth and many good flowers the following Summer and Autumn.
Live-Forever Stonecrop Succulents they may be – it’s surprising how much cold, wet and miserable weather they can tolerate over cold Winters. Their Succulence and the way they function (CAM) is an advantage during drought and also over extended periods of cold and frost. Most other plants suffer terribly if they cannot ‘breathe’ for 3 or 4 months….but sedums seem to wake up each spring like hibernating Bears looking like they needed their long sleep – emerging with vigour and zest and soon growing lush leaves and filling their spaces before Summer flowering.
This is a trait of most Alpine plants and one that sorts out many other plants when it comes to surviving cold, wet frosty winters.
If you look closely at a succulent sedum when it is frozen it seems surprising that they will recover – but they do, and it seems they change slightly after this frosty period. The stems seem to stiffen and toughen, the leaves seem to rebuild their cells bigger and stronger and thicker ….so treat them to a frosty period if they are sheltered all winter. This temperature drop changes the chemistry and hormones inside the sedums – so to get the best flowering , and compact growth ….dont grow them in a polytunnel (like most commercial growers do …hint, hint …quality cannot be attained there)
To Care for these Sedums keep slugs and snails away from them, keep away from damp places, don’t plant them under other larger plants in your garden and always ensure they get at least a few hours of direct sunshine each day – preferably south facing (and never north facing).
Tidy leaves and debris away from them, and try not to damage them – that includes cats, dogs and footballs, although the smaller leaved groundcovering types can take the odd knock.
Good drainage is essential wherever they are planted – what falls from the sky is usually ample for a Sedum.
What Sedums excel at is surviving the dessicating, destructive effects of icy wind. Their leaf stomata close, their leaves and stems thicken and toughen and normal plant functions are stopped ….for many weeks, often months. They has a special adaptation, unique to this family of Crassula succulents (which includes Sedums) called CAM – Crassulacean Acid Metabolism< heres a link to WIKI about this …do please return here…!
Sedumshack Sedums and Hylotelephiums are great rock gravel alpine basket trough container gutter and roof plants – they can survive extreme conditions and are long lasting perennial succulents to grow in gardens that get very cold each winter – we do not sell half-hardy plants raised in laboratories and polytunnels ….that would be lying to you about whether they will survive ….please take your chances elsewhere with the other big nurseries who care not about this lie – nor have they ever tested their product in an English Winter outside of their plastic-clad nursery designed to protect these ‘chancers’ from inclement weather. That doesnt seem right to me, hence SedumShack doesnt sell many Sedums found in the garden Centres nowadays. For example one called S.Makinoi ‘OGON’ is often sold elsewhere as an indoor evergreen houseplant – yet Dobies and others think this can get through a cold winter. Hahahahahahahahaahahaha.
Ill leave that little chunk of humour with you……..dont be fooled by the shiney labels, trust on the Specialists….