There are certain plants I find myself using time and again for both containers and landscape designs – those that I’ve found reliable, winter hardy and usually inexpensive. Angelina stonecrop (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’) is one of the very best and wins my vote for a gold star.
It is hardy in zones 3-11 (not many plants we can say THAT about!), evergreen and drought tolerant. You want more? Break a piece off, throw it on the ground and it will grow. Honestly. I have big clumps of it growing in gravel near my greenhouse where I must have inadvertently brushed against a plant.
If the bright gold isn’t enough color just wait a few months. In northern areas (ie. for us) it turns orange in winter and is more of a chartreuse during the spring too. Growing to just 3-6″ tall it is ideal for containers where it will drape over the sides, or as a groundcover in the landscape.
The only disadvantage? The deer have NO sense of good design and frequently pick mine up and spit them out in other parts of the garden.
Here are some ideas on combinations to try;
Keep it simple with succulents, grasses and conifers; let the foliage textures set the style. When containers are short Angelina is perfect for softening the edges without trailing on the ground.
Add zing to your pots by pairing it with other bold colors such as the Bonfire begonia – a great sun tolerant annual for us.
You don’t need a lot – just this little splash of gold echoes the pansy and brightens the design.
This container is freshly planted but still looks good in its early stages thanks to all the great foliage – including Angelina which is playing off the Canna and sweet potato vine.
In the landscape
The bright color really catches your eye so is a great way to entice visitors to explore a side path. Although it prefers full sun Angelina will also take partial shade where it will be a little more chartreuse. There is another great landscape idea in our book on pages 54-55; Rhythm ‘n Blues where it as been used to edge a long border very effectively.
For winter interest
Need I say more?
Well actually I will. Christina and I do have awards on our mind right now because ….
FINE FOLIAGE has been recognized by the Garden Writer’s Association with a Silver Award of Achievement.
So we know which book you consider an award winner, but which foliage plant gets your vote for gold?
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