Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Blush’
Another offspring of the ever beloved ‘Autumn Joy’. Spectacular autumn heads of soft blush pink, which eventually over autumn mature to crimson and deep mahogany tones. Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Blush’ grows tighter and less rangy than the parent ‘Autumn Joy’, so less inclined to flop when in full heavy bloom. It is able to cope with hot and dry periods very well. Very water-wise plant. Hardy in sandy, poor or stony soils as long as it is well drained. Also suitable for seaside gardens. Frost hardy and an excellent, very long lasting cut flower. Grown best in full sun and poor but well-drained soil, these are a must have for every garden.
Easy to grow
Although many say the best time to plant sedum is in the spring after the threat of all frost has past but before the heat of summer kicks in. Like most succulents, they are really tough and no doubt will thrive whenever they are planted if they are kept an eye on when young, which isn’t hard because you can’t help but watch them grow anyway. Not fussy about soil type, but must be well drained. Suits sandy, poor or rocky soils, and seaside gardens. Excellent drought tolerance once established and is also Frost Hardy.
Growing: Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Blush’
– Height with flowers: 50cm approx.
– Width: 30cm approx.
– Position: Ideally Full Sun but will grow and bloom happily in Partial Shade.
– Soil: Will tolerate most soil conditions but must be well drained. Also very tolerant of dry and arid conditions.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial.
– Attracts: Bees and butterflies flock to the large blooms of sedum.
– Care: Easy low maintenance plant. Cut back to ground level after flowers and growth is spent.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Although rabbits might take a nibble or two in very dry conditions, seeking the abundant water in the fleshy foliage, they usually don’t finish the meal as they dislike the taste.
Unfortunately deer don’t seem to mind the taste.
– Origin: Sedum have a wide native range, originating in Europe, Asia, North Africa and also Mexico. A few are even native to North America.