The pros and cons of sedum groundcover

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Many people are now looking at all sorts of garden ideas for the year ahead; they want to find out how to get their outdoor space back into great shape once the cold and wet winter is over. It's not long now until the vitality of spring starts to wake plants up and get the growth season started in earnest.

One of the best ways to keep any garden beautiful year-round is to opt for sedum groundcover, and the beneficial wildlife you need to pollinate your plants will love it too.

What makes sedum groundcover so great?

Let's look at some of the benefits and any disadvantages of using sedum groundcover, so you can get a clear picture for yourself and decide if it's something you should choose for your garden this year.

bee on yellow flower of sedum kamtschaticum

This bee is enjoying the nectar-rich flowers of Sedum kamtschaticum that nestle amongst the dense foliage of sedum groundcover

1. It looks amazing all year round

First there's the aesthetic element to it, which, after all, is essential to any beautiful garden. Sedum groundcover from Enviromat is made using a variety of sedum plant species and this gives it an attractive look at any time of the year.

During summer, you can expect it to be at its best, but really, it will flower from April right through to October, meaning your garden areas will look incredibly radiant.

two bronze cat statues sitting atop sedum groundcover

Sedum Production Manager Robert Allen snapped this picture at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in 2015.
This was an Enviromat offcut left over from one of the show gardens 

During the winter months, the leaves turn a pleasing cherry red, meaning those otherwise long and dreary days are given a visual boost in your garden.

 red-leaved sedum plants around a small wishing pond

Sedum matting in winter is just as lovely and colourful as it is in summer

2. It's easy to care for

Some people don't consider using sedum groundcover because they assume it's difficult and time-consuming to put down, but that's not actually the case. If you use sedum matting, it's quickly and easily laid in any part of the garden.... even in awkward ornamental parts. What's more, it's incredibly easy to look after it.

This is one hardy plant, one that easily survives the harsh British climate. So you don't have to worry about any frost-protection measures, and – great news for gardeners everywhere – you don't even have to mow or prune it. The odd bit of weeding is really all that's required.

3. Chemical-free and bee-friendly

You'll also be pleased to learn that sedum groundcover is disease resistant and tolerates dry conditions really well (not that we have to worry too much about that in the UK).

Your friendly pollinators, the bees and butterflies, that are vital to your garden looking incredible, will come in their droves.

Are there any disadvantages to sedum groundcover?

The only real drawback may be the initial cost, but seeing as how this evergreen groundcover is going to last 15 years or more, it's entirely more cost effective than buying bedding plants each year – so it works out cheap in the end.

field of mixed sedum plants in May.  Yellow and pink flowersSedum matting production field in May.  The flowers you can see are a mixture of Sedum album and Sedum Sexangulare.  Later in the year the colours will change to the hot pinks of Sedum spurium and the more delicate pinks of S. pulchellum

 

How to plant and care for sedum matting

We hope you've got a better idea now about sedum groundcover, and we'd like to invite you to download Enviromat's FREE groundcover planting guide, which is available from the website

 

Download the sedum groundcover guide

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