I came to know this plant first from Riverview Flower Farm's Florida Friendly Plants website. Here is the description of this plant: "Sedum hybrid 'Florida Friendly Gold' TM is a great new plant from a European strain introduced in 2005 that has proven to be tough as nails in Florida. It takes the South Florida heat and humidity and is not bothered by cold we get in North Florida. Florida Friendly Gold stays 3 inches above the soil and spreads and stays full and lush throughout the year. It grows great in full sun and also performs well in a surprising low amount of filtered sun or partial shade and still holds that great chartreuse-gold color."
When I opened my first new flower bed in my current house, I bought a 9-pack tray of this plant from Home Depot, and have spreaded it around my garden (and my friends' gardens) since then. Oh, how glad I am I made that purchase!
I used it as a ground cover in front of a flower bed (this is the result of three 3-inch packs planted last September):
For some reason, I have not found the right plants that can perform well in these three layer planter. The bottom layer holds 'Trailing Lavender Lantana', and the the center of the top layer is the Petunia. Before I could find other plants to put into this planter, I thought I just "temporarily" use the Sedum to add some color and textures. Quickly, they spreaded like this. Not bad looking considering I really did not design for it, huh?
They also do a good job to fill this swan planter quickly. The recent freeze seems have turned its color to a little reddish, but I am sure it will recover to its chartreuse-gold color pretty soon.
Here it is again with Flax Lily and Pertunia in a planter.
They are also in my favorite froggie planter! This is a picture taken before the January freeze we had in Florida. Notice how the color and texture of the leaves look differently from the ones in other planters? Seems this plant did react to the weather to self-protect. Should I care, as long as they still look beautifully, and performe well?!
I am very impressed how tough this plant is, really lives up to its promise: "tough as nails"! One section of the plant broke and fell into this 5 inch pot when I was moving around my plants in the three layer planter. I just let it sit there without giving any special attention. Until one day, I noticed this pot full of Sedum in the corner. Do you think I could just throw it away?
No, I tucked this whole pot into one of my front porch containers. Such bright color added! I love how this color contrasts with the purple in Persian Shield.
Since the front porch gets shade for the most of the day, and the containers were protected during the freeze, you can again see how the leaves show differently.
To satisfy my curiosity, I took two close-up pictures to show two different kinds of textures of this plant. The first one is located in full sun area, and got no protection from the freeze. The color has a little reddish brown added, and the texture is more tight, fleshy succulent looking. The second one is located in partial shaded area with freeze protection. The texture is more weeping and skinny, and the color is close to its true color: chartreuse-gold.
If you have this plant in your garden, do you notice the same thing as I do?
Okay, now here is the question: Have I over-used this plant? Why I don't feel ashamed of it? hmm...