PNW Landscape Plant Guide

brought to you by the plant geeks at Calendula Farm

Sedums

What are frequently evergreen, found everywhere in the world except Australia and Antarctica, unbothered by freezing weather, truly completely care-free, and cute as a bug’s ear?
Sedums.

Ok, let’s fine tune that a little. All Sedums are not necessarily evergreen, some are deciduous like the large and dramatic ‘Autumn Joy’, but believe it or not, the Pacific NW is home to several species of evergreen Sedums. It seems a little counter intuitive because Sedums are a class of plants called succulents which are plants with thick fleshy parts that store water and are happiest taking care of themselves in very dry locations. Dry is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the PNW, but we have our moments here.

The photo shows one of our natives, Broadleaf Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium), on a recent frosty morning looking charming as can be. There are maybe eight or so species native in the PNW and can be found tucked into rock crevices near the coast or sprawling across open rock faces in the mountains.

Plant them anywhere that is well draining and relatively open with a good amount of sun like between stones at the edge of a path or in a little pile of stones artfully placed in a garden, or let them fill gaps in a stone wall. Sedums are just so stinkin’ cute with their plump, pudgy little leaves! We have to resist the urge to pinch their little cheeks.