Sedums are about as low-effort as it gets. Sedums are sometimes known as stonecrop because they need about the same amount of care as stones: almost none. They love intense sun and almost never need watering or pruning. They come in all sorts of colours and sizes. This one, sedum spurium variegatum, has variegated green-and-cream leaves with a soft pink blush, and it grows little pink flowers in summer.
The reason sedum plants need so little care is because they store water in those thick, fleshy leaves to get them through long periods of drought. In the wild, they’re mainly found in places where the weather is hot and dry.
This sedum will never grow taller than about 10cm but it can spread out to about 50cm. It will look fantastic planted up in a pot or bed with other sedums.
While there’s no real care required beyond occasional water, feeding it once at the beginning of spring will give it a nutrient boost for the growing season. Also, make sure excess water can drain from the bottom of the pot. It doesn’t like to be waterlogged.
Did you know?
Sedums are often used as planting for green roofs because they need so little attention.