July 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Posted in Plants, Sempervivum | Leave a comment
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Hens and chicks, as they’re commonly known,

are drought tolerant, winter hardy, slow spreading

and beautiful additions to the landscape.  Used as

an accent, planted in a rock wall, grouped in a large

container, the give the garden a tropical feel because

of their resemblance to Echeveria and other tender

succulent plants.  They’re not tender at all, in any

sense of the word.  The only thing that can kill

a Sempervivum is prolonged wet conditions.  Their

preferred spot will be dry, well drained soil mixed

with some small gravel and mulched with stones.

Shipped in the dry, they will possibly be shriveled

when they first arrive.  Pot them into a well drained

soil, water once, then put them on ignore for at

least a week.  Soon you will see them perk up and

become the jewels in your garden.  They can also

be planted right into the landscape, however, be

cautious with the small ones, as they can be

dislodged or covered up.  I prefer to pot them into

4″ pots until they root, then move them to their

final spot.



July 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Plants, Sedum | Leave a comment
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The many varieties and species of Sedum seem

endless to the untrained eye, with a multitude of

textures, colours and growth habits.  Many are

groundcovers, used in the landscape as a slowly 

spreading carpet under drought tolerant perennials

and shrubs.  There are upright border types such

as Sedum telephium ‘Autumn Joy’ and Sedum ‘Purple

Emperor’ and some that defy categorization, such

as Sedum populifolium.  All have one thing in

common, and that is their ability to withstand

seemingly awful conditions of drought, poor soil

and tough winters.  Most commonly nowadays, 

they are utilized for these characteristics as

green roof plants, grown on the most inhospitable

area to be found – in full sun (perfect!) and in poor

thin, lean soil.  Bloom times vary throughout the

summer and fall, giving an everchanging patchwork

quilt to attract insects such as bees and butterflies

and many birds and other small creatures to the

visual feast.  Sedum is easy to ship to the customer

as cuttings (most economical choice of all) or plugs

which have the best success rate after planting.  In

both cases, the ease of handling and planting, as

well as Sedum’s adaptability to harsh conditions

make this the ideal cover for green roofs.

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