Simply Sempervivum

Last winter I bought a lot of different varieties of Sempervivum, or "hen and chicks". I grew them under lights for the last part of winter and the first part of spring to give them a jump on the growing season. My idea was to fill a planting bed with their varied colors and textures.


When I found out that deer eat semps (my trial pot of them in the intended planting spot got munched), I put that plan on hold and they just spent the rest of the year (and winter) in their nursery pots. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with them, but for now I'm just enjoying having them around.

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You see, early spring seems to be when the semps really "wake up", losing their almost uniform winter coloring of greens and turning really beautiful. Here's a look at many of them.

(Compare to my post from a month ago. You'll see they're much more colorful now.)

Semp. 'Fair Lady'

Semp. 'Graugong'

Semp. 'Nightwood'

Semp. 'Fat Jack'

Semp. 'Ivonne'

Semp. 'Cherry Tart'

Semp. 'Legolas'

Sempervivum arachnoideum var. Tomentosum 

Semp. 'Aross'

Semp. 'Baronesse'

Semp. 'Cloud Cap'

Semp. 'Koko Flanel'

Semp. 'Rhone'

I still need to figure out where I can put these so the deer won't decimate them. I've found that they need some shade during the heat of our summers, so that limits things too. Good thing I bought two dozen different varieties before having a plan for them!

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Gerhard Bock  – (March 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM)  

They look beautiful! I'd put them in a raised pot somewhere on your patio so you can enjoy them without having to be on your hands and knees.

Alan @ It's not work, It's gardening!  – (March 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM)  

Gerhard -- a raised pot or bed of some kind seems ideal to me too, but siting it where deer wouldn't thank me for not having to bend so far over is the key.

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (March 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM)  

They are beautiful. If you keep posting these tempting photos of Semps I'm going to give in and buy one, one of these days :) I've already progressed from ignoring them at the nurseries to eyeing them out and now actually looking at them!

With your deer problem it sounds to me like a shallow, large round planter (on a stand of sorts perhaps?) in an area close to the house might do it. What about on the patio? I've seen these gorgeous, large shallow planters filled with different semps ... lovely. And your collection is amazing - you could really do something Wow with them.

Sempervivum  – (July 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM)  

Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos with us!

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