Create a low-maintenance garden with Sedum Pachyclados
For garden owners, prolonged periods of heat without rainfall mean extra work. In order for the flowers to thrive, watering by hose or watering can is necessary almost daily. If, on the other hand, plants that can cope well with drought are growing in the garden, the effort is limited. With succulents, watering is not necessary. As soon as it rains, the plants store water in their leaves and are supplied with sufficient moisture in the following period. With this excellent survival strategy, the family of the thick-leafed plants (Crassulaceae) is well equipped for dry times.
Thick-roset fat leaf: undemanding and heat-tolerant
A representative of the succulents with beautiful leaf rosettes bears the botanical name Sedum Pachyclados. The cushion-forming perennial colonises places where other plants resign themselves. It is at its best in small tufts of about 5 plants. On the other hand, it is excellent for bordering areas, with 12 plants per square metre forming a dense carpet. Once native to barren areas of Afghanistan, the Sedum Gewächs is also proving very enjoyable here. The charming member of the thick-leaved sedum family is only astonishing. In this respect, the substrate should be permeable. Ideally, it should be in a sunny spot that is not too rich in nutrients, as this is where the ground cover feels most at home. Winter weather does not cause these succulents any problems. They can even tolerate freezing temperatures down to -17°C. During the cold months the foliage remains intact and adds attractive accents to the garden. Therefore, any pruning that may be necessary is recommended in spring.
Appearance of Sedum Pachyclados
As is usual with succulents, the plant, which grows up to 10 cm high and in dense clumps, has fleshy foliage. Blue-green leaves have tongue-like and partly toothed shapes. The flowering phase extends from June to July. Star-shaped, white-pink flowers sit in umbels above the foliage and attract numerous insects. They serve as a nectar source for bees, bumblebees and butterflies.
Suitable habitats for Pachyclado's thick-leafed plants
Whether kept in a modern style or left natural, the robust fatleaf will blend into any garden. With these graceful plants, you can even landscape unusual areas such as the tops of walls and stone joints. They are absolutely suitable for:
- Stone and gravel borders
- Stone and gravel trenches
- Stone troughs
- Potted gardens (courtyard, patio, balcony)
Combinations with succulents
If you only plant individual areas with pachyclados, there will remain areas for contrast. On dry and sandy sites, other thick-leafed plants make wonderful arrangements. For example, Sharp wall pepper, the Bold leaf Capo Blanco and the Red and Prächtige fat hen harmonise excellently with each other. Otherwise, you can choose drought-resistant herbs such as lavender and sage for even more variety.