These pretty, little, hardy perennials are known to all. But a few of the species are useful to the florist, and they are not cultivated so much as they should be. Many of the species make good plants for the hardy border. Some are the very best of rock plants. And a few are valuable to the florist for vases and baskets.
They are of the easiest possible culture, thriving in any soil and needing little of it. They are propagated from seeds, or by pulling the plant to pieces and replanting in early spring, but for the florist's use are best propagated by cuttings in May. If wanted in quantity the cuttings can be put in the coldframe in May in the ground, and when rooted remove the sashes and leave the plants to grow all summer, protecting them with sashes in winter. As soon as the ground is thawed in the spring they should be lifted and potted, when they will make their growth, the appearance of which is so useful in hanging baskets or veranda-boxes.
Few plants will stand the hot sun, dryness and neglect so well as the sedums. For a border or rockery there is of course no need of coldframe or pots. They can be divided and planted at once in their permanent position.
S. speciosum, rose pink, good for rockery, border or florists' use; S. Sieboldii, pink, very good basket plant; S. pulchellum, pink, dwarf, fine for borders; S. Rhodiola, pink, dwarf, fine for borders; S. ternatum, white, vases or baskets; S. Kamtschaticum, yellow, very fine species for baskets or rockery; S. Maximowiczii, yellow, handsome, fine stems with greenish purple leaves.
There are many species, but the above can be relied on as some of the best.