The Sedum genus encompasses a wide range of flowering plants. Although many appear completely different to one another, they typically all share some characteristics; they are succulents, produce flowers with usually five petals (seldom four and six) and are very good for pollinators.

The type of Sedum will need to be chosen for the spot it is to be planted carefully. Spreading types creep slowly and are good for rockeries where they can hang over rocks, while upright types grow to around thirty centimetres and present the flowers upwards.

A wide number of colours can be found including white, purple, pink, red, and yellow – both on the flowers and the leaves.

All the plants require full sun, but are suitable to any soil type. They are also relatively hardy and able to survive cold winters, though a sheltered location is required.