Stonecrop Sedums for Cold Hardy Succulent Gardens

If you’re looking for a great succulent to fill the tricky areas in your yard that can survive the frosts of winter, you’ll definitely want to get some Stonecrop Sedums!

I’ve discovered that many of you, like me, live in areas where succulents will not survive outdoors. I’ve spent a great deal of time and effort cultivating succulents indoors. However, this summer, my goal was to focus on succulents that I can keep outdoors year round in my Zone 5 climate.

A few weeks ago I went to the Hidden Garden Tour in my area. I discovered some really fun ways people are using succulents, especially Stonecrop Sedums, in their year round gardens and landscaping and want to share them with you! I think you’ll find that succulents can be extremely versatile in most environments as long as you select the right varieties.

One of the first homes on the tour was an incredible cabin in the mountains. The landscaping was beautiful. As I walked down stone steps I noticed the edges were lined with these Sedum kamtschaticum. I love how lush it makes the area surrounding the steps look. These are very drought tolerant succulents and can survive a variety of temperatures.

Add greenery to the edge of your rock steps with stonecrop sedums!

Sedums planted in rocks were pretty common on the garden tour. These Sedum spurium had filled in a large gap between these rocks.

Sedum succulents will grow in between rocks with very little soil!

I love the way this mix of Sedums looked between this cement seating area and the wood wall behind it. Are you catching the trend here? Sedums can grow in just about any nook and cranny and they do really well.

Sedums fill in along the edge of a fence

One of my favorite gardens was filled with fun succulent creations. They were everywhere! One of my favorites was this old adding machine with Sedums and Sempervivums in it. I may be a bit biased, but it seems that succulents can make anything look better.

Oh my gosh! This adding machine filled with succulents is so cute! Fill a pedestal planter with cold hardy sedums and hens and chicks

I thought this table centerpiece filled with succulents was awesome! The outdoor seating area itself was beautiful and the succulents added a nice touch of green to the display.

What a beautiful outdoor seating area! I love the wood planter filled with sedum succulents

Sedums will also do well in containers! I love this Sedum spurium in this pot. It’s so simple but really adds a lot of interested to the table.

These stonecrop sedums are perfect for filling a pot and adding some interest to a garden table

I’m really starting to love Sedums. There are so many varieties so you’ll find plenty of options to choose from in various colors. I’ve create a list of some of my favorites on Etsy. So, if you’re feeling inspired to try some Stonecrop Sedums in your garden take a look and pick out your favorite!

I also highly recommend you look for gardening events or garden tours in your area. It’s a great way to see how other people are using plants that are native to your area or grow well in your area. I came away from this garden tour feeling very inspired to try some new things in my container gardens and in my parents garden 🙂 Fortunately they are willing to let me take over a few places in their yard.

I’d love to know if you’ve used Stonecrop sedems in your yard or garden! Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email. If you’ve been inspired my any of the photos please share them on you favorite social media as well!


Add greenery to the edge of your rock steps with stonecrop sedums!
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My very favorite stonecrop is Cape Blanco. We lived near the area for which it is named and it really grows well there. So I’ve taken it from the Oregon Coast to the Willamette Valley and have found that it does well here too. It has a grayish color which contrasts nicely with other sedums and a small leaf that provides nice texture. It is readily available here in Oregon, but is quite hardy so I’m sure you’ll find it elsewhere. By the way it propagates easily as well.

S.spurium, s.kamchatikum, s.sieboldii October Daphne, and s.cauticolum Lidakense – all deciduous – add lots to my yard. I also use them for living mulches under potted flowering abutilons that are on the deck for the summer. The latter two mentioned also make a great hanging succulent basket, blooming in late August. They also serve to cover dying spring bulb foliage. There are also sedums that bloom each month of the summer.

Armilda Gruler

I love your Saturday information. I am 85 years old and just started with succulents in May. I am having a ball and your information is invaluable to me. Thank you