Sedum maintainance help required

4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

Last year I thought it a good idea to plant up a Belfast sink with alpinesimage:


It grew well and I felt a proud momma image:


Now though it's all a bit mental image:



My question is how/what can I do to get the beast in the bottom right hand corner under control? Can I cut it back or should I start again? image

The one in the bottom right is not as it was either. Any suggestions regarding that one?

Thanks in advance image


  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

    Looks great Panda! I'd rehome the beast in the bottom right and plant a nicely behaved alternative.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,729

    Panda, have a look at sempervivums - lots of different ones, some that grow cobwebs, they flower too - perfect for a sink garden image 

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Thanks guys image 

    Mrs G, you made me laugh out loud! The beast is an apt description indeed image

    Dove, some good inspiration and alternatives.

    Edd, thanks for the link image

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736
    panda - Im laughing louder - it was YOUR description not mine !!!
  • HE,HE,HE, you two. I've got that in my garden. No idea what it is, but it takes over the minute I turn my back. It's in my hot dry front garden, nr the house wall. Well, I think that's where it started, but now it's everywhere. It IS a beast! I've cut it, pulled it, dug it and accidentally (on purposeimage), poisoned it. Ha, it laughs in the face of my effortsimage I don't mind it, but not EVERYWHERE! in contrast, in the same bed is a lovely little pink Thrift like your white one in the centre. Oh, what a well behaved little critterimage gets only very sighlty bigger each yr, flowers loads, never needs trimmed or even dead headed. Unfortunately, she ends up getting a bit swamped later in the yr, but she doesn't seem to mind at all. Looks a little like a tiny wavy chive clump, very delicate.

    I def agree with Dove (again!), sempervivens, house leeks, we call them, can be lovely. Really easy. Will increase quickly in the right place, but so easy to keep small. I shoved some in a crack in the front wall and jammed them in with soil, and they get bigger every yr and flower, making an ugly wall look quite pretty. There are loads of much prettier ones than mine, too, I had completely different ones in a wall where I used to live. You could do the whole sink in different ones. But keep the wee thrift!, She'll never let you down!

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Thanks friends image GJ and Mrs G, what am I like! So glad I remember what I've written image

    I think I may give up on it! Or buy a new pot and rehome it somewhere it can spill over the side and romp to it's hearts content image

  • Word of warning though.  Many semperviviums don't tolerate wet and that's what we seem to be having a lot of lately.  I've two outside my window as I write - one is fine and perky but the other has only two small growing points and all the rest has died.  Some people put them under cover in the winter.


  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Thanks Mike. You are right, I thought 'Alpine = small' oops! image When I visit the nursery where I bought it I'll have a look for others. Will think about planting elsewhere before the sink, a good idea. I quite like the glazed look of the sink, and my 'soil' is half grit to aid on drainage. It is also surrounded by loads of other different pots, some with colour, some terracotta so it's kinda hidden, whilst providing a contrast image

    Thanks for the tip Angela. image

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