What are the differences between Sedums?

Sedums are small plants with short stems and slender leaves. They have long petioles (the uppermost branches) which are usually pointed or serrated. These points may be blunt or sharp, but they all point downward so that water droplets fall into the soil rather than onto your fingers! Some species grow up to 3 feet tall and produce flowers in spring, while others reach only 1 foot high and flower in summer.

The name “sedum” comes from the Latin word sedere meaning to lie down. Sedums are very drought tolerant, but they do not like wet soils. They prefer dry areas where there is plenty of sunlight and moisture is available.

They are often confused with the common dahlia family, which includes many other flowering plants such as daisies, primroses, poppies and sunflowers. However, sedums are much smaller and have different flowers.

How to Choose Sedums?

There are several factors that will affect how well sedums perform in your garden: their size, shape, coloration and even the type of soil they prefer. You need to look at these characteristics before choosing a plant for your home garden. If you want a plant that grows quickly and bears large amounts of fruit then choose one with a larger size or shape. On the other hand, if you want a low maintenance plant that grows slowly, then choose something smaller.

The leaves of plants can also be dark green to very light green or even purple and pink as well! The flowers can have many colors including white, yellow, orange and red. If you want a colorful garden then choose one with many flowers or fruit.

Even the soil they grow in varies. Some prefer sandy soil while others like to grow in soil that has more clay. As a general rule, the larger the leaves of sedums, the more water they need. If you are looking for a plant that does not require much attention, then choose one with smaller leaves that grows in sandy or rocky soils.

Sedums for Different Landscapes

Sedums can be grown in several different types of landscapes from formal gardens to large rocks. They can also be grown along pathways and only need a little bit of space. Larger plants should be planted at the front of gardens and smaller ones at the back.

You can use them as edging plants along pathways or borders. Their flowers look good against a background of green leaves plants such as hostas, ferns or ornamental grasses. They can also make a nice ground cover or lawn substitute in areas that you don’t like to walk on. Sedums are also deer proof and rabbit resistant.

Choose a Location for Your Sedums

Sedums can be grown in most types of soil as long as the soil is well drained. They do not do well in very acidic soils or very alkaline soils. They prefer sandy loam or loam soils with some clay content.

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