Friday, January 13, 2012

A Sedum for All Seasons - Angelina



January at Longwood  Gardens


Lets start with the fact that I am a lazy gardener. So when I find a perennial that is easy to care for, grows well in containers, and looks good all year in my zone 6 garden, it gets my attention   Sedum Angelina  is a garden asset with year long interest.  In summer, the low-growing succulent forms spreading mats of  yellow-green foliage,and  clusters of yellow star-shaped flowers. But it is in winter that Angelina really shines, when those same fleshy leaves turn an incredible,  golden orange, with  shades of red. The colors are so intense, the ground appears to be on fire. This plant is especially appreciated when everything else is dead or dormant. There are not too many perennial that look this good in the winter 

All the Sedum  are fairly  easy to grow. They thrive in full sun, and tolerate dry, poor soils. Hardy from zones 3 to 9, they tolerate Pennsylvania  winters with no problem.  Unlike the taller Sedums, pruning is not really required with Angelina, unless you need to cleanup some dead leaves; no other maintenance is needed. 

Angelina is well-suited for containers, rock gardens, and in the front of sunny borders. The trailing plants will cascade over walls or the edges of containers or spread on the ground or just spread through your beds. 




Angelina Growing in a Hypertufa Container with  Dwarf Conifers











 Sedum Angelia (left front) has been growing for at least 3  years in this container, with only occasional watering and a little fertilizer.  That is a "low maintenance" plant. Any container that has well drained soil will work. Next time you you are selecting plants for a hanging basket consider this sun loving perennial.
 

5 comments:

scottweberpdx said...

I couldn't agree more...over the past few years I've grown to adore 'Angelina', I love when a piece falls off and I can tuck it into another spot...it's so rare that something so beautiful is also so easy!

Michael Larkin PCH said...

There are so many sedum, some only look good for a month or so, however this one seems to look great all year. And it is easy to break off a piece and grow more.

Arto Burtiams said...

Your garden is filled with beautiful, healthy plants! Sedum Angelina is truly an ideal plant for gardens, as you can easily take care of it. No wonder it's sometimes called an easy-care plant.

Michael Larkin PCH said...

Thanks Sedum are so easy to grow and seem to be pest free. THANKS

Anonymous said...

Can this be grown from seeds? I have a large area to fill on a slope and it sounds like the perfect thing. I live in Minnesota, so it may be too late to plant here this year,only 60 days til frost. Thanks.