10 Tall Sedum Varieties for a Fascinating Garden [With Pictures]

Sedum is a late summer bloomer and a plant for the lazy gardener. After all, she can go weeks without water. And she certainly does not need to receive fertilizer. Here are 10 examples of tall sedum varieties to add to your garden and their care.

More than 500 species of Sedums are known, mainly found in the more temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, originally from East Asia.

The tall sedum varieties have thick roots and form shoots 30-60 cm high with fleshy, waxy, serrated leaves. They are arranged in wreaths around the thick, 45/50 centimeter high flower stems. The fleshy leaves are water reservoirs that are used during long periods of drought. The autumn color is yellow.

The rose lilac star-shaped flowers are located in broad umbels that are slightly arched. It blooms in August-September.

You can keep the plants in the ground as well as in a pot. All Sedums are sun worshipers.

Perennial. Hardy. The above-ground parts die, but the flower stems remain firm all winter and have a beautiful winter silhouette, especially with frost or snow on them.

It is a sturdy border plant that receives many butterfly visits.

Tall Sedum Varieties

  • Sedum telephium grows to a height of 30-60 cm and flowers from July to September in old pink to purple tones. The gray-green leaves turn yellowish in autumn. The variety ‘Herbstfreude‘ has brown-red inflorescences.
  • Sedum spectabile flowers in August and September and grows to a height of 50 cm. There are a number of varieties of this popular species that bloom predominantly in crimson red. With a height of 30 cm, ‘Rose Counter‘ remains quite small. ‘Brilliant‘, ‘Carmen‘ and ‘Meteor‘ can reach a height of 40 cm. The dark red inflorescences of ‘Septemberglut‘ appear on 50 cm high stems.
  • Sedum aizoon flowers pure yellow in July and August. The plants reach a height of 50-80 cm and grow branched with upright shoots.
  • Sedum alboroseum ‘Mediovariegatum’ is a real enthusiast plant, which flowers pinkish white to pink in September. The yellow and green spotted leaves are particularly attractive. The plants grow to a height of 40-50 cm. The pure variety has gray-green leaves and blooms in a greenish-white shade.

General Planting Instructions for Sedums

  • Buy compact young plants in pots in spring, with sturdy green leaves.
  • Stonecrop thrives best in a sunny and warm position.
  • Plant tall stonecrop species in deeply loosened soil in spring.
  • Grows on all types of soil, but preferably sufficiently rich in calcium.
  • Work compost and a complete fertilizer into the soil.
  • Tall stonecrop species can adapt to a variety of conditions. However, the soil must be well drained.
  • Used as box planting, border planting, accent plant, rock gardens and stack walls. Plant 8 plants per m².


Stonecrop is drought resistant, but the plants flower more beautifully if they are watered regularly. In periods of drought, water once a week.

You can also divide the plants in the fall. Preferably leave the wilted inflorescences. They are also decorative in winter.

You can also multiply by dividing in the spring.


Tall sedum varieties are not very susceptible to diseases caused by pathogens. If the leaves turn yellowish or red on the edge and show brown spots on the underside, infestation by foliar nematodes may be the cause.