Thursday, September 29, 2016


Tucked in an out of the way spot next to our tool shed we have a small bed of sedums.  In the fall, the showstopper is Sedum telephium 'Autumn Joy' (syn. Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude').  Given a good start in well-drained soil and full sun, this plant has thrived with neglect.  If you grow it in your own garden, you may pinch the new growth back by half in the late spring for a more compact plant.  This is a plant that is on any list for creating a pollinator garden.  The masses of tiny, star-shaped flowers start out a pale pink, turning to a rose color, then finally for winter a russet brown.  If left standing, it creates a nice winter interest focal point.   In the early spring, cut back the dead foliage to make way for the new growth starting from the base.

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Photo by C. Taylor