Sedums are Bursting into their Fall Color

It is so wonderful to see the bee’s and butterflies collecting nectar from the sedums’ star shaped flowers.  The blossoms seem to burst into color all at once; creating attractive masses of late season beauty for us.  Sedums are an easy perennial to grow because they are so tough.  They are reliable, long lived and hardy for landscapes, rock gardens, perennial beds and borders adding much needed late season color.  But don’t assume that with our first frosts the sedums lose all their beauty.  You can enjoy them all winter long by waiting to cut them back until spring.  The sturdy stems and blossoms will turn a lovely golden color in the fall before they dry, still standing in the garden.  This creates a beautiful effect with the frosts and snows of late autumn and early winter clinging to them and attracts birds to the dried seed heads throughout the winter.  Plant your sedums among ornamental grasses, Russian Sage, Coreopsis and Asters for a truly spectacular display.

Here’s some more dirt on growing sedums…

Sedums prefer average to poor, well-drained soil.  In fact they are even tolerant of salt and drought. When planted in rich, fertile soil they may tend to be more lanky and open.  Digging and dividing sedums every 3-4 years will help to maintain a full and compact growth habit.  The taller varieties will benefit if pinched back by about half in early summer.

Thanks to Heidi Brosseau for submitting this blog.