Sedums are ideal plants for Alberta gardens. They prefer full sun and are drought tolerant.  Sun and drought are certainly two things we can provide!

Many sedums are hardy in Alberta. In the Alberta Perennial Trials there are five sedums currently being trialed and several more graduate plants remaining in the garden.  

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ has been in the garden since 2006 and has formed a solid mass of bright yellow foliage. It pairs perfectly with plants with dark red foliage, such as this Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles’. Angelina sedum is also very effective in containers. If you wish to propogate it, just one little piece will root very easily in new soil.

Sedum 'Angelina'

Sedum 'Angelina'

Sedum cauticola ‘Lidakense’ is a low-growing sedum with beautiful blue foliage. All five plants at the Calgary site have survived. They haven’t spread much, but make a nice mound of blue leaves.

Sedum 'Lidakense'

Sedum 'Lidakense'

Sedum alboroseum ‘Frosty Morn’ is an upright sedum with variegated green and white foliage.

Sedum 'Frosty Morn'

Sedum 'Frosty Morn'

Sedum ‘Autumn Charm’ is similar to S. ‘Frosty Morn’, but with green and yellow variegation and more vigorous and compact growth. All plants have survived so far and are thriving.

Sedum 'Autumn Charm'

Sedum 'Autumn Charm'

Sedum ‘Maestro’ is a tall bushy plant with gorgeous dark red leaves. All plants have survived so far. It is planted beside S. ‘Autumn Charm’ in the Calgary garden and they are certainly visitor favouites.

Sedum 'Maestro'

Sedum 'Maestro'

Sedum ‘Garnet Brocade’ is a Proven Winners introduction and is the only new sedum introduced into the trials this year. Both the foliage and flowers are burgundy.  It had a bit of a slow start, through no fault of its own, but it is now growing well and should bloom soon.

Sedum 'Garnet Brocade'

Sedum 'Garnet Brocade'

 © Alberta Perennial Trials, 2010

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