The best Sedum for borders are the taller types such as Sedum spectabile and Sedum telephium varieties. They add height and structure to mixed plantings of other xeric plants and have been enthusiastically promoted by landscape designers for planting with grasses.
Many border types are grown for the dark purple hue of foliage, or the pink of the long-lasting blooms.
The flower heads on the tough and adaptable plants age to a dark mahogany brown adding interest to the winter garden - another excellent reason to leave the stems until the spring.
All these Sedum varieties grow best in sandy well drained soil, and survive just fine with minimal watering once established.
Find out about using these great flowers in your butterfly garden to attract even more of these beautiful insects.
As well as being a major magnet for insects, border Sedum have a reputation for being iron tough in the xeric garden, and it's well deserved.
Their succulent leaves form a backdrop for other plants, with the ability to shrug off challenging weather, poor soil and drought conditions.
If hail or other damage occurs, prune the stems right back to the ground and voila! Fresh new growth emerges better than ever.
Sandy, well drained conditions are best, with the addition of a small amount of organic matter such as compost or worm castings for a bit of nutrition.
Water your newly planted Sedum until established, otherwise, nature will take care of it for you.
Sedum telephium x 'Autumn Joy' is probably the most well known of all the larger type Sedum as it's been promoted extensively by natural garden designers.
The pale celadon green foliage, combined with salmon pink flowers that look like broccoli heads is a great contrast and as the flower heads age into a rusty red colour, they can provide some contrast and colour into the deep snows of winter.
Cut the plants back to the crown in early spring to give the brand new shoots some room to grow. Leaving the old growth on the plants provides shelter for insect cocoons, and snow capture for slow release during spring melts.
Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant' - soft blue green rounded leaves and deep rose red blooms, which make a friendlier colour combination with any blue to pink flowers.
It has somewhat disappointing flowers lasting only a few months, not over the entire winter as 'Autumn Joy', but the foliage makes up for it.
Sedum 'Matrona' - a large scale Sedum with sage green foliage and pale pink blooms. Everything about this plant is big textured, but contrasts well with many perennials as well as other Sedum in mixed borders.
Interesting colour changes occur as Sedum Matrona battles extreme drought conditions, but these are tough plants and recover as soon as the fall rains start to fall.
Sedum hybrids - a selection of seedlings most likely hybrids of 'Purple Emperor' and 'Matrona', some of which have superb dark red glossy foliage, red stems or olive foliage.
These are still being evaluated, but show great promise. 'Olive' and 'Twilight' are two outstanding new varieties, available soon in small quantities.
Sedum 'Vera Jameson' - a shorter statured plant with purple grey foliage and exceptional pink blooms. The leaves are distinctively air-brushed with darker purple mid-lines.
The lovely and very different Sedum ussuriense 'Turkish Delight' with the interesting rounded foliage and delightful purple flowers.
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As backbone plants for many xeric gardens, these taller varieties and species of Sedum are perfect for adding structure and dimension. Their rounded forms and upright stems make great backdrops for other softer textured plants in drifts.
Here are some of my favorite Sedum for Borders:
Sedum Red Leather
Looking for smaller varieties and species? Go to the main Sedum page.
Xeriscaping and xeric gardens are made for these tough and resilient plants, along with many other xeric plants. Combined in borders, containers and rock retaining walls, the flexibility and textures of these valuable plants are infinite.
Thyme lawns or steps are drought resistant and tough enough for any environmental challenges.
It used to be that once in a while these kinds of plants would come to the fore, and successfully maneuver dry summers, but now it's obvious that these are the most suited to what is becoming the norm.
Seeing how beautiful these unique landscapes are and how well they perform in challenging conditions will encourage others to find unique plants to use in their own xeric garden.