A succulent is a plant that has the ability to store up water for long periods of time thus making it not only drought hardy but able to survive some neglect. I’ve been working on a collection that lives in baskets and clay pots near the entrance to my home. The baskets work like a welcome wreath hanging just below shoulder height so all the plants can be seen. Several varieties of sedum grow randomly around the edge of the container with Echinacea, Ghost Plant, and hen and chick (Sempervivum tectorum) near the center. Differing shapes, colors and growth habits all mingle into one dramatic display.

The Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’ also known as Chinese sedum fills up one corner. It has pale pink foliage shaped like a flower that grows best in full sun with dry conditions. Sedum divergens has shiny green flower shaped leaves. Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’ is fast growing and easy. Its blue color shows up nicely beside the dark red sedum ‘Voodoo’. Sedum ‘Angeline’ has golden yellow foliage and Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor’ has variegated foliage that almost appears pink, white and green. All these plants will thrive as ground cover and are winter hardy in our area. Colorful, cold hardy and drought tolerant! You can’t beat that.

Alice Adams, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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