Confessions are good for the soul so I must make a confession. Choosing the Purple Fountain Grass for my garage pots was a pitiful choice. Those garage pots currently look so fried and dried up. More like tumbleweeds. So I have replanted them with Sedum Angelina.
It is just too hot and sunny out there for most plants and I don’t carry water out there daily…my bad. Our garden hoses don’t reach around that far from either side, so I should have known to plant something that was really drought tolerant to the MAX.
I have decided to replant these pots with Sedum rupestre “Angelina.” It is called a stonecrop but I rarely use that word. Great for a sunny location since it reaches its best color in full sun. This sedum turns golden the more sun it gets, but grows in shades of green in less sun.
It is so beautiful in some cooler weather since it gets a bronze or orange color. Basically you can practically throw it on the ground and it will grow into a nice mat. Great groundcover for dry and graveled areas.
After consideration, I decided to just pull out and dispose of those Purple Fountain Grasses. They were so stressed and looked bad, one more than the other as you see in the video. It is my fault for not watering them enough and the fact that they were in burning sun and the heat of the concrete and brick around them. It was just too much.
Transplanting them at this time of year would be wasted effort since they will be killed by the first frost or freeze. It’s like that here in Ohio. Sad to say.
Sedum Angelina to the Rescue
Thinking that the Sedum angelina would be more suited to these garage planters, I decided to trim off and remove some of it the rear yard and bring it out front. I had it spilling out of one of my draped hypertufa planters.
Probably the sun out on the western side of the house will give the Angelina even more of the orange or rust shades that it gets in bright sunlight. Being a very drought-tolerant plant, it shouldn’t suffer if I don’t water it enough. But I will try to give it more water for a while anyway.
Sedum angelina is already planted in a hypertufa pot that sit between the garage doors. I have had it there for a year or more. First planted in the middle of the pot was some heuchera, I think it was the Boysenberry variety, and I have killed it too with lack of water.
One Tough Succulent – Sedum angelina
This little succulent is tough and beautiful, easy to grow, not demanding. What more could you ask of a great groundcover plant? It is a tough feeling plant, grows easily, and can be shared to anyone who wants a piece.
It is easy to find in your local garden center, but if you find someone who will share even one little sprig of their pot, you will have lots of it by the end of the season. Be sure to get yourself some.
When you watch the video, be sure to catch my encounter with a cactus. I did not pay attention to my surroundings as I did some cuttings for replanting the Angelina, and my backside got just a little too close to the cactus! Ouch!