Plant Sedum for Reliable Fall Color

Garden Design ImagePlant Sedum for Reliable Fall Color
Blooming in late summer once the remaining flower garden is starting to look rough and ragged, autumn sedum is definitely starting to open its flowers due to the blooming season.
Most garden sedums are Sedum purpureum “Autumn Joy,” from your botanical family commonly called “Stonecrop.” Stonecrop meant “sprouting through the stone” in Middle English and a lot likely is the term for way the flower often grows among stones, which provide the drainage sedum needs. Sedum comes from your Latin sedere meaning “sit” like “sitting atop the stones.” They do seem to be sitting atop the stones when growing in a very naturalized garden setting.
They are fantastic for such naturalized or low-maintenance gardens, because they manage to thrive on neglect. They can grow fairly well in shade, even though they do much better entirely sun. They don’t apparently mind not being fertilized or watered either.
Moderately tolerant of road or sidewalk salt, they don’t like wet feet, a condition usually fatal. Classified as a herbaceous perennial, sedum grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. Attractive to bees and butterflies, fortunately they are deer and rabbit resistant.
Sedum grows 18 to 24 inches high and spreads 12 to 18 inches wide. Propagate by stem and leaf cuttings or root division. Divide plants in spring or fall; spring-propagated plants often bloom exactly the same year. Sedum “Autumn Joy” has been available since 1955. It mixes well within the perennial garden with ornamental grasses, cone flowers, artemisia, and lavender.
Cut the plants back yearly after they first reach eight inches high. This will produce more side growth, which experts claim will produce more blooms in fall. The flower buds resemble broccoli. The unopened flowers make interesting additions to late summer bouquets.
The flowers turn pink first, then color to deep burgundy as fall progresses. Sedum “Autumn Joy” is the classic burgundy color; other varieties are available in yellow, orange, red or pink.
Whatever color or various sedum keeps growing inside your garden, cut the mature flowers to dry for winter bouquets. Their flower clusters will be in sought after by crafters and florists for autumn decorating.
You can also leave the dried flowers about the plants to offer winter interest in the garden. The flower often heads peek over the top of the snow, reminding us that things actually grow outside, even when all we view today is winter’s frozen landscape.

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