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Rock 'N Grow® Midnight Velvet Stonecrop

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Rock 'N Grow® Midnight Velvet Stonecrop

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Introducing the Rock 'N Grow® Midnight Velvet Stonecrop, a splendid Sedum hybrid that promises to infuse your garden with a dramatic flair from spring through winter. This perennial plant is celebrated for its rich, dark purple foliage that makes a bold statement as soon as it emerges in spring. As the seasons progress, this stonecrop dazzles with clusters of mauve buds that open to reveal stunning rose-red flowers by late summer, offering a delightful contrast against its dark leaves.

With a robust growth habit, the Midnight Velvet Stonecrop reaches a mature height of 22 to 26 inches and spreads out to 30 to 32 inches, making it a perfect medium-sized addition for any garden space. Its upright habit and intriguing color palette serve as a thrilling centerpiece in containers or as a captivating element in borders, mass plantings, and landscape designs.

Hardy across zones 3 to 9, this Sedum hybrid is not only a visual spectacle but also an epitome of resilience. It thrives in full sun, requiring minimal maintenance, and is remarkably tolerant of heat, drought, and salt. Furthermore, it is designed to attract bees and butterflies, enriching your garden's biodiversity, while resisting rabbits, making it a practical choice for gardeners seeking both beauty and functionality.

Plant Attributes

The Rock 'N Grow® Midnight Velvet Stonecrop is a perennial treasure with a myriad of attributes that make it an exceptional choice for any garden. Characterized by its medium stature, it grows to a garden height of 22 to 26 inches and boasts a spread of 30 to 32 inches, offering a balanced and appealing presence in the landscape. Its spacing requirement of 30 to 32 inches allows each plant enough room to flourish and display its full beauty.

This plant's most striking feature is its foliage and flowers. The foliage presents a captivating dark purple shade, setting a dramatic backdrop for the rose-red flowers that emerge in late summer and early fall. This color contrast not only enhances the garden's visual appeal but also supports a vibrant ecosystem by attracting bees and butterflies, while its resistance to rabbits adds to its garden value.

Adaptable to a wide range of hardiness zones, from 3a to 9b, the Midnight Velvet Stonecrop showcases its resilience and versatility. It flourishes under full sun exposure, thriving in both poor and average, well-drained soils. Remarkably low maintenance, this plant requires minimal care, highlighting its drought, heat, and salt tolerance. It does not necessitate supplemental water or fertilization, making it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking beauty without the burden of high maintenance.

Landscape Use

The Rock 'N Grow® Midnight Velvet Stonecrop, with its striking dark purple foliage and rose-red flowers, serves as a versatile addition to various landscaping designs, catering to both aesthetic appeal and ecological benefits. Its unique attributes and low maintenance requirements make it suitable for a range of landscaping uses:

  • Border Plantings: Its upright habit and vivid coloring make Midnight Velvet Stonecrop an excellent choice for adding depth and interest to garden borders. It can define the edges of garden beds or pathways, creating a visually appealing contrast against green foliage or lighter-colored flowers.
  • Container Gardens: Perfect for container gardening, its moderate size and dramatic foliage provide an eye-catching display in pots, planters, or window boxes. When combined with other plants, it acts as a stunning 'thriller' component, adding vertical interest and color.
  • Cut and Dried Flowers: The rose-red flowers not only enhance the garden's visual appeal but also serve as beautiful cut flowers for indoor arrangements. Additionally, they can be dried for long-lasting floral displays, extending the beauty of your garden indoors.
  • Landscape Accent: Used as a specimen plant, Midnight Velvet Stonecrop can create focal points in the landscape. Its unique color and form draw attention, making it a standout feature among other plants.
  • Mass Plantings: When planted in mass, it creates a lush, cohesive look that emphasizes its dramatic foliage and flowers. This approach is particularly effective in larger garden spaces or public areas, offering a visually striking impact throughout the blooming season.
  • Attracts Pollinators: By attracting bees and butterflies, it enhances the biodiversity of the garden, contributing to the health of the local ecosystem. Its flowers provide a valuable nectar source for pollinators, supporting their populations.
  • Drought-Tolerant Landscapes: With its low water needs and high tolerance for drought conditions, Midnight Velvet Stonecrop is ideal for water-wise or xeriscape gardens. It thrives in dry, well-drained soils, making it a perfect choice for regions with water restrictions or those looking to reduce garden water usage.
  • Rock Gardens: Its ability to thrive in poor soils and its tolerance for dry conditions make it an excellent choice for rock gardens, where it can add color and interest among stones and gravel.

Incorporating Rock 'N Grow® Midnight Velvet Stonecrop into your garden or landscape not only elevates the aesthetic appeal but also supports local wildlife, all while requiring minimal maintenance, making it a valuable addition to any outdoor space.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Rock 'N Grow® Midnight Velvet Stonecrop involves a few key steps to ensure its health, vibrant foliage, and beautiful blooms. This perennial is prized for its ease of care, making it a suitable choice for gardeners of all levels. Here’s how to get the best out of your Midnight Velvet Stonecrop:

Planting Instructions:

  1. Timing: Plant in spring or early fall to allow the plant time to establish its root system before extreme temperatures, either hot or cold.
  2. Location: Choose a location that receives full sun. While it can tolerate part sun, full sun encourages optimal growth and flowering.
  3. Soil: This plant prefers well-drained soil. It's adaptable to a range of soil types, including poor soils, but good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot.
  4. Planting: Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Gently remove the plant from its container, loosen the roots, and place it in the hole. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly around the plant. Water thoroughly after planting.

Care Instructions:

  1. Watering: Midnight Velvet Stonecrop requires minimal watering once established, making it an excellent plant for drought-tolerant gardens. Water occasionally during dry spells, but allow the soil to dry out between watering.
  2. Fertilizing: Fertilization is not necessary for this plant. It thrives in poor soils and benefits from the natural nutrients found in its environment.
  3. Pruning: Little to no pruning is required. You can remove spent flower heads to encourage new growth or for aesthetic purposes. In early spring, trim back any dead foliage from the previous season to make room for new growth.
  4. Mulching: Applying a thin layer of mulch can help retain moisture and keep the roots cool, especially in hotter climates. Avoid mulching directly against the plant’s base to prevent moisture buildup that could cause rot.
  5. Pests and Diseases: Midnight Velvet Stonecrop is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, keeping an eye out for common garden pests and signs of disease can help catch any issues early.
  6. Winter Care: In colder climates (hardiness zones 3-9), Midnight Velvet Stonecrop is perennial and will return each spring. It can be left in the garden over winter, as its stems provide winter interest and habitat for wildlife. The plant is hardy and requires no additional winter protection.

By following these planting and care instructions, your Rock 'N Grow® Midnight Velvet Stonecrop will thrive, bringing vibrant color and life to your garden from late summer into early fall, and offering year-round interest with its striking foliage.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Low; does not require supplemental water once established, even in extreme heat.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: SED-um HY-brid
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 22-26 inches and a spread of 30-32 inches.
  • Special features: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Landscape, Mass Planting, Attracts Bees and Butterflies, Salt Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant
  • Dramatic Foliage: Dark purple leaves add interest from spring.
  • Foliage color: Purple
  • Blooms: Late Summer to Early Fall
  • Flower color: Rose Red
  • Flower attributes: Clusters of mauve buds open to reveal rose red flowers.
  • Garden style: Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for adding depth and contrast to perennial borders, rock gardens, and container arrangements. Its upright habit and striking foliage color make it a focal point in any garden setting. Use in mass plantings for a dramatic effect or as a standout specimen to attract pollinators. Its drought tolerance makes it perfect for water-wise gardens.
  • Companion Plants: Complements grasses, coneflowers, and other drought-tolerant perennials that enjoy full sun.

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