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20/04/2012 at 20:01

I used to smile when my OH talked about her lovely "semperviviums" (sic). Every time we went to a garden centre she would browse looking for new ones, at less than £1. I let her get on with it, buying, planting, replanting offshoots. But recently I have become a real fan. Some have really lovely leaf colour and shape, some with a fine cobweb like fur on top. What I really like is that they are a) evergreen, so good ground cover b) very hardy (we haven't lost one in the last two cold winters), c) withstand drought when most other plants are suffering, and d) so easy to propagate. They can die in the middle after flowering, but by this time 10 or 12 offshoots form a ring round the old parent, so you just do a little rearranging. 

Tomorrow we are off to the garden centre to seek out some more, and some baby bush tomato plants. 

20/04/2012 at 20:28

I love them too!  For all the reasons you mention above.  They are brilliant for getting into nooks and crannies where other plants would struggle.  Over the past few years I have really come to appreciate succulents and I am slowly making a nice collection of them.

20/04/2012 at 21:35

I'm fond of them too, particularly for their leaf colours.

20/04/2012 at 23:46

I planted some last year in the roof garden on Insect Towers.  Looks like they've come through the winter OK and far better than the dwarf sedums so I'll be looking out for more this spring.

21/04/2012 at 00:12

I expanded my collecting last year because I love the shape and forms as well as the colours. I take a lot of photos up close and personal as they have a slightly alien look. The common ones do fine all year round with me, but I brought a slightly tender blue type last year that I divided in the autumn and over wintered outside in pots. I should have protected them better because the snowy weather obliterated them, but now I've discovered they are shooting anew from further down the stems, so they're not actually dead, just knocked back. whoop whoop!

22/04/2012 at 07:08

I love Sempervivums,too! This is one of my sinks

22/04/2012 at 10:32

Well one does have a number to look out for, there are over 900 named cultivars in the national collection.

04/07/2014 at 16:43

I too have just discovered how beautiful sempervivums can be.Have about a dozen different varieties at the moment but I expect that will increase over time!!

04/07/2014 at 16:48

Been a fan of these little plants for many years

As well as all the usual places, they also do well in the little half baskets on a west wall in "rain shadow" where it can be difficult to get anything much to thrive.

04/07/2014 at 17:15

We love sempervivums - used to have a long narrow raised brick bed of them alongside the front path of the Victorian terraced cottage where we used to live - they looked lovely with gravel around them.  Now we have some in a terracotta pot on the terrace. 

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