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BarbieDoll51
Oct 11, 2018 1:29 PM CST
I recently moved to a house in mid-Ohio. The house has two large sedum plants in front that are al splayed out. What do I need to do to get them to grow upright?
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DaisyI
Oct 11, 2018 1:46 PM CST
Welcome!

They should die back this winter. Next spring, you can put a plant support ring around them when they are young. The flowers will grow up through the ring then the ring hold them up.
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BigBill
Oct 11, 2018 9:34 PM CST
They are done for the season. Some of mine have either been snapped off at their base or are looking yellowish and a little soft.
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purpleinopp
Oct 12, 2018 7:36 AM CST
Does water pour off of the corner of the roof onto that spot? Neither spot may not be sunny (or dry) enough for Sedum to stay upright if Heucheras & Hostas are adjacent.
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BigBill
Oct 12, 2018 7:55 AM CST
In fact, look at everything else in the photo. Everything is dying back and shutting down or going dormant. The Coral Bells, the Hosta, the Day lilies and Sedum are doing what they typically do during early fall.
No worry there.
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BarbieDoll51
Oct 12, 2018 9:00 AM CST
Thanks, folks! That's really helpful! The sedum in the corner may very well be getting runoff from the roof, and both are shaded by a tree that may be a crabapple.
If I move them do you have a suggestion for a suitable replacement?
Thank You!
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BigBill
Oct 12, 2018 9:18 AM CST
The choice is totally yours.
For me personally, I like to plant things in odd numbered groups, three of this next to five of these next to three of those. I just feel that they 'present' better that way.
Plus I like to plant different leaf textures next to one and other. Three hostas of one type next to three astilbes next to three hostas on the other side. The rounded hosta leaves on either side of the feathery plume like astilbe leaves offer a nice dynamic look in the garden.
Personally one of this next to one of this, over by one of this is not pleasing to my eye. I find my preferences are enjoying the shapes, colors and structures in and out of bloom. Thumbs up
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pirl
Oct 12, 2018 9:21 AM CST
There's a sedum in my garden that receives full sun, no water runoff, and yet behaves like yours. I enjoy the odd look to it.
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BarbieDoll51
Oct 12, 2018 1:30 PM CST
I don't think my sedum should look like the photos I posted. There are several other homes in the neighborhood that are growing the same variety of sedum and their plants are all upright even now.

I like BigBill's idea. I have heard about planting in groups of 3 or 5 before and I agree with him. I could move the sedum to a sunnier drier spot and add more heucheras and hostas to these plots.

Thanks for all the good info, everyone!
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BigBill
Oct 12, 2018 4:55 PM CST
You are most welcome.
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Leftwood
Oct 12, 2018 6:04 PM CST
You are right, Barbiedoll. Sedums are quite tolerant of where they grow, and they will grow easily where they do not perform their best. Yours is most likely an Autumn Joy sedum, and the splaying you experience is typical of too much shade, too much water, too much fertilizer, or a combination of these.

Mine that grow in full sun get very little supplemental water (if any), flower heavily and stand up all through winter, even with snow.


Your biggest problem is shade. Sedum (a full sun plant) and hosta (a shade plant) have opposing growth requirements. They will never grow well together.
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valleylynn
Oct 13, 2018 9:40 AM CST
I agree with Rick.
My 'Autumn Joy' stands perfectly upright all all growing season, and into the winter. It gets very little little water in the summer and has never been fertilized. Hosta, astilbe and heuchera would not survive where my sedum are growing.

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