Stonecrop

Sedum (herbstfreude group) 'Herbstfreude' (syn 'Autumn Joy')

Stonecrop - Sedum (herbstfreude group)  'Herbstfreude'  (syn 'Autumn Joy')

Common Name: Stonecrop
Genus: Sedum
Species: (herbstfreude group)
Cultivar: 'Herbstfreude' (syn 'Autumn Joy')

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Bronze, Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Succulent, lettuce-green leaves topped with salmon-pink flower-heads in summer, maturing to pinkish-bronze then coppery-red in autumn. This versatile perennial is a perfect filler plant for a sunny well-drained spot. A valuable late source of nectar for butterflies and bees, the dried flowerheads provide structure and colour in the winter garden.

  • Garden care: The flowerheads look great left during the winter to add shape and texture to your border. In February and March cut back the old flowerheads and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once established sedums can have a tendency to flop leaving an open and unsightly centre especially in fertile soil. One technique to help prevent this is the 'Chelsea chop'. During the last week of May (Chelsea Flower Show week) cut one in every three stems back to the ground. This will produce plants that are less lush and flower slightly later.

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