You might have heard of Sedum Atlantis – after all, it won Plant of the Year at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (listen to the CFS Plant Based Podcast special here)! But what exactly makes it an awesome, prize-winning plant?
Sedum Atlantis is a pretty attractive plant, with a fascinating combination of colours.
Its green leaves are edged with yellow-tinged cream edges, and it also produces surprising pale pink flower buds, cherry red leaf buds and yellow flowers in summer. What a collection of colours!
Not only that, but the foliage retains its colour throughout summer and autumn, so you can appreciate its beauty for longer.
Its drought-proof qualities
Not only is this plant a treat for the eyes, it’s also drought proof, so it’s very easy to care for.
Whether you have a dry garden which doesn’t see much rainfall, or you just like heading off on holiday every now and then, Sedum Atlantis can go for long periods of time without water, making it a really low maintenance plant to have in your garden.
If you’re based in the UK or another country with very cold winters, you’ll know that it’s rare to see many succulents growing outside. There are few varieties which can bear the low temperatures, and Sedum Atlantis is one of them!
In fact, it’s hardy up to a freezing -30°C. That’s ideal for all locations including rock gardens, green roofs, as ground cover or in a container on a terrace or balcony. It does prefer full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.
Its millennial appeal
Did I mention this is a succulent? Yes, the trendiest plant of the decade won Plant of the Year – no surprise there!
Millennials love the look of succulents, and the colours of this plant will provide a nice contrast if you already have a collection of all-greens.
But this is an OUTDOOR succulent, so that’s altogether more exciting!
Combine all this with its easycare features, and you know that Sedum Atlantis makes the perfect addition to the garden for maintenance-wary plant owners.
What do you think of Sedum Atlantis? Would you try it for your garden? Let me know in the comments section below.
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Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook. You can also listen to The Plant Based Podcast with Michael and co-host Ellen-Mary on iTunes, Spotify and Google.