Spring Dreaming of Fine Foliage

While others fantasize about sitting under the rainfall of cherry blossoms gently sprinkling down over picnic blankets in the park on an early spring day, I’m strategizing wicked combinations of foliage for designs.
A few days ago, one of my friends who is a gifted breeder of many amazing plants, just announced that he is bringing a new sedum into the world. His name is Chris Hansen and he is the creator of a fun series of collectible little succulents called “ChickCharms” (Sempervivum) that are ultra colorful hen and chicks that get even more colorful in cold weather.

As if those aren’t tempting enough, Chris just announced THIS new sedum and now I am tapping my toes with anticipation! POW! If that doesn’t wake you up on a gray rainy day in winter, nothing will!
This is ‘Dream Dazzler’ from the Sunsparkler series of sedum is SO right up my alley! I can already see the potential options for designing with the color and pattern on this one. Let’s look at a couple of ideas.
Can’t you just see that sedum snuggled right up under that fabulous silver Stachys ‘Bella Grigio’? The soft, fuzzy texture, and upright habit would contrast handsomely with this showy sedum for certain!
Or for a low maintenance yet dramatic option, that amazing sedum could be peeking out from under this ultra-blue Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce shrub. This is a wonderfully drought tolerant combo as well.
If playing up the berry tones is something you like then using annuals such as this Alternanthera ‘Purple Knight’, Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ and blue fescue grass with that sedum would be a stunning combination!

Going for the glitter in silver is always in vogue and this Astelia fits the bill elegantly. Though not technically a grass, its texture gives that feeling and with the chunkiness and pattern of ‘Dream Dazzler’ will pair brilliantly in a container for example.

Plant collectors get ready to start your engines. The days are already getting longer and we will surely be complaining about the heat in no time, right? RIGHT?! 😉

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3 thoughts on “Spring Dreaming of Fine Foliage

  1. tonytomeo

    As much as I dislike fads, the succulent fad is pretty cool. So many of these modern cultivars were not available the last time succulents were so trendy.

    1. personalgardencoach Post author

      Thanks for your comment Tony.
      It’s important to distinguish the difference between a trend and a fad. The easiest way to categorize a fad is one word: short-lived. … Trends have a much longer lifespan than fads. In fact, they can continue to be fashionable for years and even decades. The primary difference between a trend and a fad is that trends have the potential to be long-term influencers on the market.
      I was just speaking on an industry trends panel just last night and when the question came up, all of us agreed that the succulent trend is here for the long haul as water is not getting any cheaper or more plentiful and more consumers of green industry products are keeping an eye toward low maintenance, this trend certainly fits the bill for both of those!
      This is the reason why so many breeders are focusing on succulents. It takes as many as 10 years to bring a new plant to market, so they have been planning for this trend for a long time and they think it will have staying power. 🙂

      1. tonytomeo

        Succulents are not necessarily low maintenance, and many get neglected because gardeners do now know what to do with them. Also, some succulents want regular watering. Landscaping and landscape maintenance will eventually need to adapt so that succulents really are able to function as intended.

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