SEDUM ‘ANGELINA’ JUST NEVER STOPS. Maybe that’s why I like it (as in, it takes one to know one). But seriously: What perennial provides such a bright, textural carpet every day of the year, even in my Zone 5B climate—actually, even in the garage all winter, where some of it looked nice in pots all winter long despite the dark deep-freeze treatment? Not that you’re looking for plants to grow in your garage…but wow.
That’s S. rupestre ‘Angelina’ cascading over the rim of one such big pot (top), home to a Japanese maple as well; the two are going on three years together in that container, with several rounds of back into the barn each Thanksgiving or so, out again around mid-April. Above, a photo of how it looked at the end of March, once the snow receded from the bed it edges, in its even-hotter-colored cold-weather hues. (I wish I looked that good after so many wintertime weather-related insults.)
‘Angelina’ is basically bright yellow-green in summer, particularly in sun, with needlelike foliage rising to 3 or 4 inches high, and spreading about 18 to 24 inches in a season.
I even have ‘Angelina’ growing in an old concrete birdbath, high on a pedestal, in perhaps an inch of nasty old soil, where you’d think it would die from exposure but doesn’t even miss a beat. It has been happy there for a few years.
If I didn’t have ‘Angelina,’ I’d get it now (it’s widely available in local garden centers). It’s touted as a drought-tolerant groundcover for hot, dry areas, but I grow ‘Angelina’ in sun and in semi-shade, in pots, and just about anywhere that a broken-off bit I dropped in transit made contact with even a teaspoon of soil in some crevice somewhere. ‘Angelina’ (Zones 3-8) doesn’t seem to be aware that its patent has been applied for, meaning no propagation allowed; it just keeps making more of itself with abandon.