Best Tall Sedum?

thahalibut(Z-9 CA, SSZ-9)September 20, 2008

What are the best taller sedums?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
CA Kate

I have had Sedum telephium "Autumn Joy" growing here for 10 years. It has taken over a huge area, as desired; and reliably blooms every Fall.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 6:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)


what's your secret!? I planted AJ a few years ago in full sun and it just trudged along, eventually dying. Companion plants that did well included Achillea and Artemesia. Soil is well drained clay. Does it need moderate to regular water?


    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 8:44AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
CA Kate

The area that this is planted in is between rocks with probably the best soil on the whole property -- a century of Oak leaves etc. The partial daily shade by the Oaks probably helps too. I was just out there a few minutes ago being amazed at how huge an area it now covers.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 3:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Maybe it depends on what you mean by "best".

If you're hoping for a plant that really does well all year in your California climate, the "tall sedums" of back east aren't your "best" bet.

The two common eastern types, S. telphium and S. spectabile, aren't dependable in most gardens. I have seen a few nice ones but none compare to their beauty in midwestrn and eastern gardens.

We have plenty of tall sedums that are almost "California signature" plants, doing extraordinarily well here:

Sedum 'Black Jack'
Sedum 'Postman's Pride'
Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
Sedum 'Samuel Oliphant'
Sedum dendroideum, S. praealtum
Sedum oxypetalum

If you're interested in a tall succulent, you might also look at the flowering Kalanchoes and Cotyledons.

Do you know what Sunset Western Garden Book zone you're in?


    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 5:53PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Echium wildpretii. "Tower of jewels"
Anyone have experience with these? I planted seeds....
Northern California Roll Call!!!! 2.0
Did I miss it? Part 1 was closed Nanelle...
Podocarpus (fern pine): a monster?
My neighbor told me that my new collection of five...
Ground cover for erosion control?
I am looking to plant a hillside with something that...
Sabine Halfhill
Native ground cover for San Jose area
Hello! Would love some suggestions for a Bay Area (inland)...
Sheila Schmitz
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™