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Saponaria ocymoides
  • Common name: Rock Soapwort
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4-6” and spreading
  • Native to: Europe

Rock Soapwort is a vigorous, low creeping plant, useful for spilling down sunny slopes or over rock walls. Plants form a low mound of bright-green leaves, literally smothered by starry bright-pink flowers in late spring or early summer. Also useful as an edging in the sunny border, and worth considering in tubs or pots. Prune plants back hard immediately after blooming, to maintain a compact habit.

Sedum grisebachii
  • Common name: Grisebach's Sedum
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This unusual sedum, with tiny leaves packed on short stems, has a bristly appearance and contrasts nicely with other sedums. Great for rock gardens, edging, pathways. Evergreen.

Sedum hispanicum
  • Common name: Spanish Sedum
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Spanish Sedum is a charming sedum forms tight buns of blue-green foliage which turns beautiful shades of purple in cold weather. Terrific rock garden plant, or useful anywhere as a gradually spreading ground cover.

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Sedum middendorffianum
  • Common name: Chinese Mountain Stonecrop
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Asia

Chinese Mountain Stonecrop is an attractive and unique stonecrop and features handsome, evergreen foliage topped by two-tone yellow and orange flowers. Exceptional!

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Sedum rupestre
  • Common name: Rocky Stonecrop
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Europe

Rocky Stonecrop is an odd and charming sedum, resembling undersea creatures.Great for rock gardens, or simply filling in between larger plants in a landscape.

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Sedum sp.
  • Common name: Green Mound Sedum
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 8" x 8"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This compact mounding sedum is very useful in the landscape for small border areas and evergreen structure. Grown for foliage rather than flowers.

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Sempervirens spp
  • Common name: Hens and Chicks
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 1” - 3” and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

There is a whole array of different little gems in the genus Sempervirens, meaning “Forever Living” or “Evergreen”. These Hens and Chicks come in different colors and range from tiny to fist-sized. They are wonderful fillers in rock gardens, perched in rock walls and edging pathways.

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Sisyrinchium montanum
  • Common name: Blue-eyed Grass
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 6" x 10"
  • Native to: Idaho

This cheerful little native wildflower produces dainty blue/purple flowers on grassy foliage. It prefers rich, moist soil in spring but tolerates summer dryness. Will gradually spread, creating a little ‘meadow’.

Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Elfin”
  • Common name: Elfin Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. x 6 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Elfin Thyme is a slowly spreading dwarf thyme, perfect for the rock garden. Small leaves tightly blanket the ground. Pink flowers in spring.

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Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Pink Chintz”
  • Common name: Pink Chintz Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Pink Chintz Thyme is a tight, fairly slow-growing groundcover. Pink flowers nestle with the foliage and do not need dead-heading

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Zinnia grandiflora
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Zinnia
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4” x 12”
  • Native to: AZ, NM. CO

This native Southwest wildflower thrives in very rugged terrain. Preferring hot sunny spots with well-drained soil, the plant will delight you with its bright yellow or golden yellow flowers from late summer until fall. Great for edging, in rock gardens and containers. More info here.