Thursday, February 25, 2016

Must-Have Plants: Sedum x 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum x 'Autumn Joy'

Must-have plants are among the best plants for appropriate garden situations. When you need great garden plants for ground cover, naturalizing, wildflower gardens, perennial borders, butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens, herb gardens, heritage gardens, cutting gardens, woodland gardens, shade gardens, bulb gardens, container gardens, bog gardens, water gardens, rain gardens or xeriscaping, look for the best among our must-have plants.

Name(s): Sedum x 'Autumn Joy' or 'Herbstfreude', Hylotelephium telephium 'Autumn Joy', Showy Stonecrop.

Flower Color: Pink to copper.

Bloom Time: Summer to fall.

Foliage: Herbaceous, succulent.

Height/Spread: 15 inches to 24 inches x 24 inches.

Climate Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Sun Exposure: Full sun.

Soil Condition: Well-drained to dry, average to poor, pH 6.1 to 7.5

Features: Drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance, attracts butterflies.

Uses: Xeriscaping, rock gardens, container gardens, ground cover, borders, butterfly gardens.

Comments:  Sedum x 'Autumn Joy', (aka 'Herbstfreude') also known as Hylotelephium telephium and Showy Stonecrop produces large clusters of pink blooms in summer which turn to coppery red in fall. Even when cold weather comes, the plant is beautiful, resembling a dried flower arrangement. Upright stems persist well with age. Mature height is 15 inches to 24 inches, spreading to 24 inches.

'Autumn Joy' thrives in full sun in USDA climate zones 3 to 9, tolerating a wide variety of soil types with pH ranging from 6.1 to 7.5. Space 18 inches to 24 inches apart. Sedum is great for perennial borders, rock gardens, container gardens, ground cover and butterfly gardens.

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