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Rock 'N Low® 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop

Sedum hybrid

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Rock 'N Low® 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop

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The Rock 'N Low® 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop (Sedum hybrid) is a vibrant perennial that lights up the garden with its fine-textured yellow blooms and lush, dark green foliage accented by red stems. This variety distinguishes itself with a slightly later bloom time than standard summer-flowering Stonecrop varieties, effectively extending the color and interest in your garden through the mid to late summer season. Ideal for sunny, dry areas, it offers a stunning groundcover option that brings not only visual appeal but also a wealth of ecological benefits.

Hardy across zones 3 to 9, the 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop is notable for its resilience and low maintenance requirements. It thrives in full sun, requiring six or more hours of direct sunlight daily, and is remarkably drought, heat, and salt tolerant, making it a perfect choice for gardeners seeking stress-free landscaping options. Its robust nature also includes resistance to rabbit damage, while simultaneously attracting bees and butterflies, enhancing the biodiversity of your garden space.

Plant Attributes

The Rock 'N Low® 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop exhibits a myriad of attributes that make it a distinguished choice for various garden applications. This perennial plant falls into the short height category, with its garden stature reaching between 6 and 8 inches tall, and it spreads out to 22 to 24 inches, offering a compact yet expansive ground coverage. The plant boasts a mounded habit, characterized by its dark green foliage and vibrant yellow flowers, which come alive during the mid to late summer, providing a splash of color when many other plants begin to fade.

One of the key features of this Sedum hybrid is its exceptional tolerance to tough conditions. It is highly resistant to drought, making it an ideal selection for gardens in dryer climates or for gardeners seeking low-water landscaping options. Furthermore, it exhibits heat and salt tolerance, expanding its suitability to various challenging environments, including coastal areas. The plant's ability to attract bees and butterflies while resisting damage from rabbits adds an ecological layer to its appeal, promoting biodiversity within the garden.

Landscape Use

The Rock 'N Low® 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop offers a plethora of landscaping uses, making it a versatile choice for gardeners and landscape designers alike. Here are several ways this resilient and vibrant perennial can be incorporated into various garden styles and designs:

  • Border Plant: Its compact size and colorful blooms make it an excellent choice for garden borders, where it adds a pop of color and texture.
  • Container Gardening: Perfect for adding drought-tolerant interest to patios, balconies, and other outdoor spaces, it thrives in containers where its foliage and flowers can be appreciated up close.
  • Cut Flower and Dried Flower: The bright yellow flowers not only beautify the garden but can also be cut for fresh floral arrangements or dried for long-lasting decorations.
  • Edging Plant: Ideal for edging paths and walkways, creating a defined and attractive boundary that guides the eye through the garden space.
  • Groundcover: With its mounded habit and extensive spread, it serves as an effective groundcover, reducing soil erosion and suppressing weeds while adding visual interest.
  • Landscape Accent: Use it as a focal point in the landscape to draw attention to specific areas or to add contrast against larger plants and shrubs.
  • Mass Planting: Planting in mass creates a sea of yellow, transforming large garden areas with its textured foliage and vibrant blooms, ideal for large-scale visual impact.
  • Rock Gardens: Its tolerance for poor soil and drought conditions makes it a natural fit for rock gardens, where it complements the rugged terrain with its colorful blooms and attractive foliage.

These landscaping uses showcase the 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop's versatility and its ability to enhance a wide range of garden styles, from traditional to contemporary, providing a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant solution for gardeners looking to create visually striking and ecologically beneficial garden spaces.

Planting & Care

Caring for the Rock 'N Low® 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop involves understanding its basic planting and maintenance requirements, ensuring it thrives in your garden. Here's how to plant and care for this vibrant perennial:

Planting Instructions:

  • Location: Choose a location that receives full sun, as the 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop requires a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight daily to flourish.
  • Soil: This plant is adaptable to a wide range of soil types but prefers poor to average, well-drained soil. It is tolerant of both acidic and alkaline pH levels, making it versatile for different garden settings.
  • Spacing: Plant individuals approximately 22 to 24 inches apart to allow for their spreading habit and ensure proper air circulation, which promotes healthy growth.
  • Watering: Initially, water the plants to establish roots in the soil. Once established, the 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop is drought tolerant and requires minimal watering, making it ideal for water-wise gardens.

Care and Maintenance:

  • Sunlight: Ensure the plant continues to receive ample sunlight. If planted in a location that becomes too shady, consider relocating it to a sunnier spot.
  • Watering: Water sparingly, only when the soil is completely dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot, which is detrimental to the plant's health.
  • Soil Conditions: Although adaptable, it benefits from well-draining soil conditions. If your garden has heavy clay soil, consider amending it with sand or gravel to improve drainage.
  • Fertilization: Fertilization is not necessary for the 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop. Its preference for poor soil means it thrives with minimal nutritional inputs, aligning with its low-maintenance nature.
  • Pruning: Deadheading is not necessary as the plant does not typically rebloom after its initial flowering period. Pruning can be done to shape the plant or remove any dead or damaged foliage to maintain its appearance.
  • Winter Care: In zones 3 to 9, the 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop is perennial and will return each year. It may die back in winter but will re-emerge in spring. Mulching lightly around the base can provide extra protection in the colder zones.

By following these planting and care instructions, the Rock 'N Low® 'Yellow Brick Road' Stonecrop will be a resilient and vibrant addition to your garden, offering yellow blooms and attractive foliage with minimal maintenance.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Low; does not require supplemental water once established. More tolerant of dry conditions.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: SED-um HY-brid
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 6-8 inches with a spread of 22-24 inches.
  • Special features: Attracts bees and butterflies, drought-tolerant, heat-tolerant, salt-tolerant, rabbit-resistant, suitable for xeriscaping.
  • Dramatic Foliage: Dark green foliage with red stems.
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Mid to late summer
  • Flower color: Yellow
  • Flower attributes: Fine-textured, vibrant flowers that cover the foliage.
  • Garden style: Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Ecological gardens
  • Design Ideas: Ideal as a groundcover for sunny, dry areas to create a carpet of color. Perfect for rock gardens, borders, edging, or as a vibrant filler in mixed containers. The mounded habit and colorful blooms make it a standout in mass plantings or as an accent in small garden spaces.
  • Companion Plants: Pair with other drought-tolerant plants such as Lavender, Russian Sage, and ornamental grasses for a low-maintenance, water-wise garden display.

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