Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’
A favourite in gardens since the 1950’s, and despite the flood of new and ever more dramatic rivals. Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ – it has never lost popularity. Autumn heads that open soft pink, and mature with the cooler autumn nights through shades of red and rust. 60cm.
Easy low maintenance, but for a truly prolific show without heads getting top heavy and flopping – do a “Chelseä Chop” spring prune – cut them back to ground level when the flower stems reach 20 to 30cm. high. This shortens and strengthens the autumn flower stems. Lovely cut flowers. (Synonym Hylotelephium, but more commonly known as Sedum spectabile).
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 Joy’
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 45cm 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.