Sweet, blue foliage with bright pink blooms

With its small rounded leaves in a lovely shade of blue this little gem will be covered in pink flower clusters in mid summer. Sedum ewersii is beloved by bees, so be prepared for quite a show in August when it flowers.


The leaves are often blue or celadon green, glowing with the sunlight showing through, almost like fine porcelain.

Those thin pink lines are an added feature – I find that pink blooming plants sometimes show this in the leaves in some way or another.

Less than 10cm (3-4″) in height, this will nevertheless make a good ground covering, which explains why it’s in demand for growing on green roofs. It’s so drought tolerant!


I also like it in the front of a border, and in containers, where it combines well with Sedum cauticola, which is the next size up, and Sedum cyaneum ‘Rose Carpet’, which is bigger again.

The container in the picture above is simply three tin cans attached to a rustic board with a twig handle. How can something so simple be so stunning? It’s all about the plants. Each coffee can has at least three plants in it, allowing this lush display of foliage to flow over the edges.

See more about tin can succulents here and more on how to make this planter here.

Used in hypertufa pinch pots, it’s exquisite in combination with other miniature hardy succulents.

It’s also known by its other name of Hylotelephium ewersii.