ProfessorRoush, why do you grow sedums as an edging plant?
Because, my Dear, they are drought-resistant and make nice tidy foliage clumps and they have disease free foliage and they bloom brightest and best after the roses are tired and also because the deer leave them alone.
But ProfessorRoush, why then have you clipped off the blooms on all your sedums this late in the season?
Because, as you so often make me aware, Mrs. ProfessorRoush, I was wrong. Again. I didn't clip them, the deer ate them. The deer love them. Indeed, if you search the Internet or books, there will be any number of websites that list sedum as a deer-resistant plant (including a pamphlet from a local gardening store that I based my decision on), but many of those were written by evil gnomes and are dead wrong. As usual, I should have looked to the Universities of this fine land for definitive information. Rutger's University has a very well laid-out webpage that lists sedum as "occasionally severely damaged." North Carolina State Extension has a nice pamphlet as well, listing them as "occasionally damaged". As a Extension Master Gardener, I should have known better than to trust a non-research-based source. I am expecting a hit squad of Mossy Oak®-camouflaged EMG's to show up at my door at any minute, demanding my trowel, Felco's and my EMG name badge.
I don't wish to be full of sour grapes, but what the heck kind of a term is "deer-resistant" anyway? I understand the evolutionary advantages for Lamb's Ear, for example, to have developed a fuzzy surface that is distasteful to deer, but the plants don't really resist the deer, the deer just resist eating certain plants. Until, in the midst of a drought, they're hungry. After that, Watch Out, Nellie, because the stupid large furry rats won't even leave the junipers alone.
Lesson learned. By edging a nice rose bed with 'Matrona' (Sedum telephinum) divisions, I have merely set out a smorgasbord of sweetly-flavored succulents during a drought. HEY THERE! DEER! LOOK OVER HERE! Don't bother with all that tall dry grass, come get these velvet-lip-wetting candy treats I've set out for you. And please, nibble on the roses on your way through, pretty please? To quote Charlie Brown, "Good Grief!"