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Regional Picks: Short Plants – Midwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 190

1. ‘Thundercloud’ Sedum

Photo: Bill Johnson

Name: Sedum ‘Thundercloud’

Zones: 4–8

Size: 6 to 12 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil

Native Range: Hybrid

‘Thundercloud’ is a full-season performer with fabulous foliage and flowering. It makes beautiful tidy mounds of gray-green toothy foliage. Its texture and form are wonderful, and it would be a great plant for this alone. Then summer comes, and the plants are covered in masses of tiny white flowers that hide nearly all the foliage; the blooms last around three months. As with most sedums, ‘Thundercloud’ prefers well-drained soil and full sun. Too much moisture or even overly rich soil can cause plants to flop and spread open. It will still look lovely, but not quite as lovely as the tidy mounds.

 

2. ‘Caramel’ Coral Bells

Photo: Nancy J. Ondra

Name: Heuchera ‘Caramel’

Zones: 4–8

Size: 9 to 15 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide

Conditions: Full…

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