Sedums, also referred to as stonecrop, are incredibly versatile plants, and are widely considered to be the perfect plant. They can be grown virtually anywhere. With their bright blossoms and their wide leaves, they are an extremely popular choice in landscape design. From the moment they breach the ground in spring, they make a gorgeous presentation that remains fresh all season long. Sedums are a versatile perennial that grow in a range of heights from 2 inches to 24 inches, and from 6 inches to several feet wide. They also come in numerous colors, from White, pink, red, purple, yellow, or orange flowers, depending on the variety.
There are a wide variety of species within the sedum family of succulents. There are varieties that grow low to the ground like golden stonecrop and white stonecrop, which grow much like moss along the ground, requiring lots of light and fairly dry conditions. The low growing types of sedum are excellent for preventing weeds, but can rarely tolerate being walked on. There are also much taller types of sedums like S. telephium, which has reddish purple blossoms, and S. maximum, which boasts beautiful green flowers. Oftentimes sedum plants present a gorgeous appearance even in wintertime when the foliage has withered. Their blooming season is from mid-summer to autumn.
Sedums require very little maintenance and care. The ideal conditions are full sunlight, though they can tolerate partial sun. They require soil that is well-draining and hopefully nutrient rich. Most sedums are drought resistant and quite easy to grow. As long you set the conditions for their basic needs, sedums are fairly self-sufficient plants. Aside from their beautiful flowers, a wonderful thing about sedums is that they generally attract butterflies and beneficial bees.