Sedum forum: sedums, bulbs, perrenials...will they play nice?

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(Zone 6a)
Sep 9, 2016 9:58 AM CST
I would like to have green, living mulches rather than wood chips. I like sedums and would prefer them given they can keep weeds down, look great AND provide flowers for bees & pollinators. I have seen the tiles at Lowes and they look great. However, I wonder whether a sedum covering would interfere with spring bulbs and perrenials emerging through them. Anyone?
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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Sep 9, 2016 12:33 PM CST


Hi UrbanWild,
I grow many ground cover type plants that let the spring bulbs. As far as the other perennials, I think it would depend on the combination of ground cover roots and type of perennial. S. album is one that lets other plants grow up through it.
What sedum do you have in mind?
(Zone 6a)
Sep 12, 2016 11:27 AM CST
I have:

SEEDS for Sedum oreganum and Sedum acre (aggressive spreaders I gather, but will bulbs and perennials have problems busting through them?

PLANTS...mainly cuttings but some larger...

Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' stone orpine,

S. spurium 'Dragon's Blood',
S. spurium 'John Creech'

S. makinoi 'Ogon' which seems a VERY slow grower,

S. hispanicum var. minus 'Purple Form'

an unknown Sedum sp. from cuttings which may or may not live...struggling

and a few mixed species tiles a friend gave me.

First preference in some beds to any evergreen sedums appropriate for this use as a living mulch. 'Angelina' maybe? And of course...since I want EVERYTHING... attractive blooms for pollinators maybe?
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Name: Greg Colucci
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Sep 12, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Urban wild, but experience is that most will play well together - however in your zone I think some from your list will die back each winter and return in spring, which you may not want since it will look dead, and you might forget that it isn't (if you're like me you will forget it isn't dead Whistling )
I did this last year and it is really exciting to see how well they do with each other! I left space for the perennials and didn't plant right up against them. However I think if you are seeding the bed with both sedum and perennials, they'll be fine and a good choice! I tip my hat to you.
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