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Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop

Sedum hybrid

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Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop

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The Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop (Sedum hybrid) is a captivating perennial that promises to add vibrant color and texture to any garden. This particular variety of stonecrop is celebrated for its robust nature and its ability to thrive across a wide range of hardiness zones, specifically from 3a through 9b. Its versatility and durability make it a favored choice among gardeners seeking a low-maintenance yet striking addition to their landscapes.

Growing into a low, rounded mound in spring, the 'Pride and Joy' reaches its full height of 10 to 12 inches by the summer. Its foliage, a rich dark green, serves as the perfect backdrop for the dome of dark pink flowers that emerge, creating a stunning visual impact. As the seasons progress, these flowers give way to attractive seed heads, adding interest in the fall and beyond. This stonecrop is not only a feast for the eyes but also supports local wildlife, attracting bees and butterflies while resisting rabbits, making it a beneficial plant for maintaining biodiversity in your garden.

In terms of care, the Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' is notably undemanding. It thrives in full sun, requiring six or more hours of direct sunlight daily, and is tolerant of both drought and salt. This sedum variety is adaptable to a range of soil conditions, from poor to average, as long as the soil is well-drained. It does not necessitate supplemental water or fertilization, standing out as an easy-care option for gardeners of all levels. Whether used as a border plant, in containers, as ground cover, or mass planting, this stonecrop is sure to bring long-lasting beauty and resilience to any garden setting.

Plant Attributes

The Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop showcases a plethora of attributes that make it a standout choice for gardeners seeking both aesthetic appeal and ease of care. As a perennial, its life cycle extends beyond a single year, providing a garden with enduring beauty. This particular stonecrop forms a captivating, low, rounded mound that grows to a garden height of 10 to 12 inches, with a spread of 16 to 20 inches, creating a dense mat of foliage that is as functional as it is decorative.

The foliage of the 'Pride and Joy' is a deep, dark green, offering a lush backdrop to the dark pink flowers that bloom in late summer to early fall. This contrast of colors is not only visually striking but also beneficial for attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden, enhancing the ecological balance and promoting biodiversity. Moreover, its ability to resist rabbits makes it a practical choice for gardeners contending with wildlife.

This stonecrop is incredibly versatile in its uses. It can serve as an attractive border plant, a filler in containers, or an edging plant, and it's equally effective when used as groundcover or in mass plantings for a more dramatic effect. The plant's resilience to drought and salt, combined with its tolerance for a variety of soil types—including acidic, alkaline, and neutral soils—underscores its adaptability to different garden environments. Additionally, its low maintenance requirements, needing only full sun and well-drained soil without the need for supplemental water or fertilization, make it a hassle-free addition to any landscape, suitable for gardeners seeking beauty without the burden of high maintenance.

Landscape Use

The Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop is a versatile perennial that offers a wide array of landscaping uses, making it a valuable addition to various garden designs. Here are some of its most notable landscaping applications:

  • Border Plant: Its compact, mounded growth habit and vibrant dark pink flowers make it an excellent choice for garden borders, where it adds color and texture without overshadowing neighboring plants.
  • Container Gardening: This stonecrop's drought tolerance and low maintenance requirements make it ideal for container gardening. It can serve as a striking filler in mixed planters or as a standalone feature in pots, bringing life and color to patios, balconies, and outdoor living spaces.
  • Cut Flower and Dried Flower: The flowers of the 'Pride and Joy' not only beautify the garden but also make excellent cut flowers for indoor arrangements. Furthermore, they can be dried and used in long-lasting floral crafts, adding a touch of nature's beauty to your home decor.
  • Edging Plant: Its orderly growth pattern and moderate size allow it to be used effectively as an edging plant along walkways, garden paths, or flower beds, creating a neat and attractive border that defines garden spaces.
  • Groundcover: When planted in mass, the Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' serves as an effective groundcover, covering areas with its dense foliage and flowers. This usage not only adds visual appeal but also helps suppress weeds and reduce soil erosion.
  • Landscape Use: This stonecrop's striking appearance and resilience make it a perfect choice for various landscape applications, including rock gardens, xeriscaping, and as part of a drought-tolerant garden. Its ability to thrive in poor soil and resist rabbits further enhances its landscape value.
  • Mass Planting: Planting 'Pride and Joy' in large groups can create a visually impactful display, especially when its dark pink flowers are in full bloom. This approach is effective in creating color blocks or drifts that draw the eye and add depth to garden designs.

Each of these landscaping uses highlights the adaptability and aesthetic appeal of the Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop, making it a favored choice for gardeners and landscapers looking to enhance their outdoor spaces with a plant that is both beautiful and easy to care for.

Planting & Care

The Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop (Sedum hybrid) is a remarkably resilient and visually appealing perennial that thrives with minimal care. Here's a comprehensive guide to planting and caring for this vibrant plant:

Planting Instructions:

  • Timing: The best time to plant the 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop is in the spring or fall when the weather is cooler. This allows the plant to establish its root system before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  • Location: Choose a location that receives full sun, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. While it can tolerate part sun, full sun encourages optimal growth and flowering.
  • Soil Preparation: This stonecrop prefers well-drained soil. If you have heavy clay or sandy soil, amend it with compost to improve drainage. Although it's tolerant of poor soils, good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot.
  • Planting: Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of your plant. Remove the plant from its container, gently tease out the roots if they are pot-bound, and place it in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill the hole, pressing the soil down gently to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the roots.

Care and Maintenance:

  • Watering: Water your 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop regularly until it's established, typically for the first growing season. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering, except in extremely dry conditions. Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot.
  • Mulching: Apply a thin layer of mulch around the plant to help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds. Be careful not to cover the plant's crown with mulch to prevent moisture accumulation and potential rot.
  • Fertilizing: This stonecrop does not require regular fertilization. If desired, a light application of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring can support growth. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can promote leggy growth and reduce flowering.
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is needed. Deadhead spent flowers to maintain a neat appearance and potentially encourage a second bloom. In late fall or early spring, cut back any dead or damaged foliage to keep the plant healthy and tidy.
  • Pest and Disease Management: The 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop is relatively pest and disease-free, especially when grown in appropriate conditions. However, keep an eye out for common garden pests and fungal diseases. Good air circulation and proper spacing can help prevent these issues.
  • Winter Care: This plant is hardy in zones 3a through 9b and typically does not require winter protection in these zones. In colder regions, a light mulch layer can provide extra insulation.

Following these planting and care instructions will help ensure that your Rock 'N Round® 'Pride and Joy' Stonecrop thrives, bringing beauty and resilience to your garden for many seasons.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Low; does not require supplemental water once established.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: Not specified
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a garden height of 10 - 12 inches and a spread of 16 - 20 inches.
  • Special features: Fall Interest, Drought Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, Attracts Bees and Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant
  • Dramatic Foliage: Not specified
  • Foliage color: Dark green
  • Blooms: Late Summer to Early Fall
  • Flower color: Dark pink
  • Flower attributes: Covered in a dome of flowers followed by pretty seed heads
  • Garden style: Suitable for a variety of garden styles due to its versatility and attractiveness
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating low, rounded mounds in garden beds, borders, or as groundcover. Works well in containers, for edging, and in mass plantings to add texture and color. Its drought and salt tolerance make it perfect for challenging sites.
  • Companion Plants: Complements a wide range of perennials and grasses in the garden, enhancing biodiversity and creating visually appealing landscapes.

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