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Plant of the Month - Sedum

The best plant for butterflies and bees at this time of the year!

Our plants are Sedum Herbstfreude.  That’s right, a bit of a tongue-twister, but more commonly known as Autumn Joy.  They start off a very pale pink in colour and by this time of year turn a vibrant pink, then later in the autumn a deep wine red colour.

All types of butterflies, some moths, bumble bees and honey bees go absolutely mad for them.  They are a great late food source, as many other plants have already turned and gone to seed.  Throughout winter various small insects hibernate within the plants dead flower heads, so it is important not to chop them off until late spring.

All types of butterflies, some moths, bumble bees and honey bees go absolutely mad for them.  They are a great late food source, as many other plants have already turned and gone to seed.  Throughout winter various small insects hibernate within the plants dead flower heads, so it is important not to chop them off until late spring.

Sedums are perennial and will get stronger and stronger each year.  They require little care, so pruning them is not necessary, other than the removal of dead stems as mentioned.  We give the plants full sunlight, with no shade. We don’t feed them as they seem to prefer not to be.  As most of our soil is acidic, they love it.  If it rains they get watered.  To propagate, stem cuttings are taken in spring, and once every couple of years the sedums benefits from division.

All-in-all they are a highly recommended plant. Great late flowering addition to any garden and for all their benefits take little looking after.

The sedums can be found in the Buddha Garden and the Sunrise Butterfly Beds.

Matt Shepherd – Maintenance Gardener

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