Making A Dry Creek Bed Drainage Canal for Downspouts

What to do with this sedum garden? That's a question we asked ourselves several times. It was at one time a sedum garden but for some reason most of the sedum died over last summer. They may have been too wet, too dry, or both! The gutter from the garage roof gushes out water from at least 50% of the roof - then the summer heat dries out the whole area. It really takes one tough plant to survive those ever changing conditions. So we have to adapt and make the area more hospitable for planting. What did we come up with? A dry creek bed with a canal to channel the water away from the house and the garden. The rest of the post will tell you about making a dry creek bed! Making a Dry Creek Bed The Plan for Making a Dry Creek Bed Here's the basic…

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In the Garden of Sedum

It's no secret that we like sedums around here. In fact we even have one garden area completely devoted to housing the sedums. It rests between a sidewalk and the driveway where the summer sun unmercifully beats down upon anyone unlucky enough to be planted there. It just so happens that succulents like sedums are perfect for these problem spots! They also do well on top of green roofs and other areas where plants are destined to receive minimal water. Succulents store water in their leaves which makes them more suitable for those harsh and dry areas. In the sedum garden we have quite a few kinds. I'm always trying to add more sedums to the collection. Here in this photo are a tricolor sedum and another sedum that's identity is a mystery. It's cute though don't you think? It's the one in green with the small leaves. The tricolor…

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Rooting Leaf Cuttings of Sedums

Every now and then there is a plant that will root from the leaves, like Asiatic lilies I wrote about earlier in the year. Sedums are another one of those kinds of plants. Recently I rooted several cuttings of 'Autumn Joy' sedum and another sedum I don't know the name of but bears a resemblance to Sedum seiboldii.  You might ask why would you take leaf cuttings when stem cuttings will work just fine? Good question! The answer is simple you can root many more leaves than you can stems! Since sedums grow fairly quickly (at least these varieties do) there are very few disadvantages to rooting leaf cuttings of sedums. Rob of Our French Garden points out in the comments below that when the sedums are blooming you can take leaf cuttings without losing the blooms. Rooting Leaf Cuttings of Sedums Here's all you have to do to get…

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S is for Sedum!

It's amazing to see how plants grow. You look back at pictures taken in previous years and see a drastic difference between then and now. Take my sedum garden for instance. When it started there were only a few plants in the area between our driveway and the front sidewalk. A 'Blue Spruce' sedum that we had in a pot was divided into two plants initially and several others were added like 'Dragon's Blood', 'Autumn Joy', and one other unidentified sedum. As the garden grew and weeding was done pieces of sedum broke away from the main plants and were stuck where ever open space was to be found. No plan was put together for the sedum garden other than the general theme. Things grew, some faster than others, especially the 'Blue Spruce' sedum. 'Blue Spruce' has taken off and is in full bloom right now. The worst thing about…

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New Garden Additions

This weekend was the annual Bloom 'N Garden Expo at the Williamson County Agricultural Center.  You can bet that when there are plants and me in the same location I'll end up coming home with something!  When going to these festivals I make two rules for myself with purchases.  One, the purchase has to be something I don't have and two, the purchase needs to be really cool (something I can't get locally)!  OK nothing profound there in my two rules but rules none the less! I purchased three things that I think followed my rules pretty well.  The first two items were plants. I'm a big fan of heucheras (so much so that I grew some from seed this year) and when I saw Heuchera 'Mystic Angel' I knew I wanted it for the garden.  Its veining pattern is really cool and the silvery foliage will look great underneath…

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A Sedum Garden

I haven't showed this little garden yet in its entirety. The garden is still incomplete and you really can't see the effect I'm looking for yet but here's a glimpse at our sedum garden in March. Between our driveway/garage area and the front sidewalk there was a small wedge of dirt.  There used to be an evergreen in this location but bagworms decided lunch was more important than the aesthetics of the garden. It's funny how they can be so selfish to put their own well being above that of my plants.  It was also a little bit of a problem spot since the gutter aims right into the bed which would make it hard for plants to dry out during the winter when you don't want them too wet and hard for them to get water in the summer when there wasn't any falling from the clouds. To solve…

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