Groundcover performs a lot functions in a garden or landscape. It helps define the aesthetic appeal of the entire area, unifies the diversified garden elements, and gives the illusion of a wider space. There are lots of plants you can use as groundcover, and one of these is sedum. Sedum is a succulent leaved plant that bears flowers of varying colors—from white to yellow to pink and red. It is in full bloom during summer, creating a covering that adds tinges of colors to your area. If you are interested in making sedum as a groundcover, take note of the following.
- Choose a sedum variety. Sedum comes in many varieties. So choose those that will add an exquisite appeal to your garden or landscape. You can choose at least three varieties and plant them in different areas. When they come into full bloom, you will be taken by the wonderful array of colors all of the sedum plants form.
- Prepare your soil. As in the case of growing other kinds of plant, soil must be one of your first priorities when planting sedum. Sedum grows well in dry soil, so make sure the soil in your preferred site drains well. Also, get rid of all weeds and unwanted grass in the site. If you must, use herbicide for this. Then, add organic materials and fertilizer after. For your and the plant’s safety, always make sure to carefully follow the instructions provided in the labels of the herbicide and fertilizer.
- Leave appropriate space between the plants. Sedum plants are preferably planted with at least 12 inches distance from each other; 18 inches at the most. You don’t want them to be too close to each other because they will create a bulky look when they grow. You don’t want them to be too far apart either because that will take you longer time to cover the ground.
- Water the plants occasionally. Sedum needs water, but because it is a succulent plant, it requires less water than other plants. You can water sedum every week in its first year. But after that period, you can water it much less frequently. In fact, you can leave it un-watered for several days and it will still thrive.
- Remember not to plant sedum where it will be walked on. Sedum doesn’t like to be stepped on, so place it an area where it will be allowed to grow without being crashed. If you want, you can also pot some sedum plants and situate them anywhere they can receive full sun.
- Grow sedum with other groundcover plants. Sedum thrives well with others. Therefore, if you are planning to cover your bed with other plants, you can do so. What’s good about sedum is that it doesn’t choke out the nearby plants.
You can buy sedum from your local garden store, although you can also try to purchase from online stores. Some stores, however, sell sedum varieties for a huge price, so you might want to look around first before buying.