I saw the neatest thing the other day. I was at a plant wholesaler with one of the landscape contractors I work with, picking out hundreds and hundreds of impatiens for a client, when I got sidetracked by this sedum tile, a mere 20″ x 15″, it’s an instant something…but what?
Neat, huh? It literally stopped us in our tracks. Not only was it bright and colorful, it was different.
In a place where there are thousands and thousands of plants – evergreen trees, flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals in a rainbow of colors – all vying for your attention, but all somehow the same, here was this little mat, no more than 4″ tall, lying on the pavement… full of possibilities.
But I can tell you that no one at the wholesaler was eyeing the sedum tile with a green roof in mind. According to one of the sales guys, the sedum tiles were an extremely popular item. Lots of landscape designers and landscape contractors were buying them, and most admitted they had absolutely no idea what they were going to do with them.
What was so intriguing about them was that the possibilities are endless. You could almost see the wheels turning when people first saw them.
Similar to a piece of sod, the sedum tile requires about 3″ – 4″ of soil in order to grow. Hmmm….
The sedum is attached to a coconut fiber mat, just like the liners many of us use for our planters. After a few weeks of contact with soil, the sedum begins to root, again like sod, and starts to knit itself into the soil.
It’s already a tight mat of plants so it would make a great mulch, or container liner…perhaps a colorful alternative to moss.
So what will we do with our sedum tile? We bought it to ‘wow’ a new client who made a passing comment about liking the look of succulent containers. But honestly, we bought it on a whim.
Will we plant it in a container? Maybe we’ll use it between some stepping stones along a sunny path? Perhaps as a lawn alternative in an area that doesn’t get any foot traffic? Weed-suppressing ground cover at the edge of a sunny bed?
The possibilities are truly endless. We’re leaning towards a sedum and sempervivums container but who knows what the final outcome will be.
What would you do with your very own sedum tile?