The Right Place
Some sedums are quite cold hardy. They thrive in areas as far north as the Canada border and northern New England (zone 3). They can handle winter temperatures as low as -30F. Other types of sedums are not quite so sturdy, so it is best to check their individual requirements.
Sedums prefer full sun, but will tolerate some light shade. They actually thrive in any dry, well-drained, poor, sandy soil. If plants fail to do well, the soil might be too rich. It may also be too wet. Soggy soil will turn them mushy and they will die. Add gravel or sand to soil to assure good drainage. Plant sedums from the nursery in the spring. They grow so easily that leaves scattered on prepared soil will root quickly. Set transplants in a hole so that they are at the same depth they were in their former container. Firm the soil around and over the roots and water every day or so for the first week. Space Goldmoss plants 6 to 12 inches apart.
Showy sedums do well in containers. Their succulent leaves assures them moisture in the hot sun on patios and balconies. Be sure the soil is light and well draining. They are excellent in either tubs or standard clay pots. Best container size is 10 to 16 inches wide and 8 to 12 inches deep.