Sedum Panels

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Suppliers

Plants

  • Sedum Master - Located in Canada, ships to US. Regular mat (17 varieties): $3.5 sq ft. Feather mat (lightweight): $4 - $4.50 sq ft. Mats not appropriate for walls (drainage and nutrients problems). Custom grow: need estimate. They also sell sedum in 4 inch pots.
  • Plant Delights Nursery (North Carolina) - $11 for 3.5 in pot of John Creech sedum.
  • Monrovia (California) - $14.99 for .65 Gallon of John Creech sedum
  • Digging Dog (California) - $7.5 for 6-9 in. pot of John Creech sedum (not clear if this is the correct pot size)
  • Succulent Gardens
  • Oikos - $68.75 for 25 plants in pots (2.75)

Structures


Ed Snodgrass - Maryland - one known producer of sedum panels.

Varieties

For vertical gardens (short):

For horizontal gardens (taller):

  • Ogon (3-6 in) - zones 6 to 9
  • Tricolor (4-6 in) - zones 2 to 9
  • Palmeri (8 in) - 15 to 20 F (but it has been known to survive in 0F)
  • Tetractinum (up to 6 in) - zones 5 to 8
  • Sieboldii (6-12 in) - zones 3 to 9
  • Elizabeth: height: up to 12 in; zones: 4-9, semi-evergreen


My favorite variety: Sedum Spurium John Creech: "A very low mat-forming selection, this Stonecrop has rounded deep green leaves and small clusters of pink star-shaped flowers in the summer. Tolerates light foot traffic. Full sun / partial shade. Mauve / pink flower. 2-4 in. (5-10 cm). Zone 2-9." Some sources say it's deciduous, others that it's evergreen (?).

Sedum has shallow roots and easily propagates from cuttings - they'll take root within 7 to 10 days.

Vertical Garden Models

Vertical Gardening Systems

Living Pictures

Shallow wood box filled with soil and covered with galvanized mesh. Appropriate for succulents. This is probably the approach we want.

Challenges

  • Size: We may need to make several of these and tile them as in this example (plywood and mahogany frame, root barrier behind soil behind landscape fabric held in with wire). We can also make our own large tray (a wood grid) rather than individual boxes - but individual boxes may be more manageable (can be removed more easily). Victoria Gardens built wall-sized panels which appear to use burlap in between the wire mesh and the soil (more Victoria Gardens photos) - they probably have wood shelves behind the burlap.
  • Water flow/drainage: make holes at the bottom of each tray?
  • Weight: will the wall withstand the weight? Perhaps use bookshelf approach where most weight rests on the ground and picture hanging hooks keep flush to the wall (may require a row of bricks below the bottom tray).

Pallet

Not appropriate for succulents.

Vertical or Angled Pockets

Not appropriate for succulents.

Trays

Plastic trays with individual vertical compartments. Appropriate for succulents.

Communications

Dear Sedum Master, sales@sedummaster.com

Following up our phone conversation: we're looking into planting a wall garden and would love your advice on what's the best way to approach this.

Attached is a photo of the exterior wall we would like to cover. The whole wall is 14 ft x 8 ft, but there is a big window, so the area to plant would be around 55 sq. ft.

Based on our conversation earlier today, it seems that your sedum blankets are not really appropriate for walls. We're DIYers so we'd be able to build the wall frame ourselves and then plant the sedum. Or please let us know what the best way to go about it.

We particularly like the John Creech species and it seems adequate to our climate. I understand that, in addition to the blankets, you also sell just the plants. Could you please let us know how many pots of John Creech we'd need to cover around 55 sq ft and what the cost would be? Alternatively, what would be the least expensive species or approach to this?

We're located in Maysville, Missouri.

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