Classic sedum good looks and low maintenance abound in this newcomer to the perennial garden. Burgundy tinted leaves decorate stems topped with reddish pink blooms. Count on ‘Oriental Dancer’ to give plantings a drought tolerant color splash. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Botanical name: Sedum ‘Oriental Dancer’
Fall sedums bring strong multi-season interest to garden beds. Flowers shift colors as they develop from buds to open blooms. Faded flower clusters add color to winter scenery, too. Easy-growing sedum is rabbit resistant and a terrific pollinator plant, attracting butterflies and all kinds of bees. Site in full sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant plants grow 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
Everyday glass containers can become wonderful terrarium art, says Joe Guggia, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and owner of JP Designs Floral in Santa Maria, Calif. These glass vessels are home to two varieties of sculptural sedum. The cylinder vase is planted with jelly bean plant (Sedum rubrotinctum) while the lower container nestles stonecrop, a lovely groundcover sedum.
Limiting the color palette can add elegance and unity to a hellstrip and make choosing plants easier. This Seattle hellstrip garden, featured in the book, "Hellstrip Gardening," boasts big-leaved silver sage (Salvia argentea), feathery Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’, blooming lamb's ear (Stachys byzantina) and tiny Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’.
With small spaces, sometimes the sky is the limit. "Add verticality. Small spaces need an element to draw your eye up," says Derrick Lepard, founder of Cultivators Design and Landscape. When you add height, such as bamboo in a container in this Atlanta courtyard, you don't need to spend money on plants to fill every space across the fence or wall.
Dinner al fresco has never looked more beautiful than it does here. A stone patio, wicker chairs and a x-leg table bring elegance and function to this outdoor room. Ornamental grass, flowering shrubs and hostas create a natural-looking backdrop while the stone retaining wall adds design and defines the dining space.