One of the most popular perennials on the market today. This hardy, upright selection sports light green leaves and deep rose flowers which age to a beautiful bronze.
Characteristics of Sedum – Autumn Joy
– Tall, upright sedums form substantial clumps of foliage which can be substituted for shrubs in the landscape.
– Their stout, sturdy stems support the massive flower heads which develop in summer and burst into bloom in fall.
– If left standing, they provide winter interest and food for birds.
– The tiny little foliage “cabbages” appear by late winter, and develop into a tidy low mound by summer.
– It is 2 feet tall and wide, with succulent stems and leaves.
– Autumn Joy looks great with ornamental grasses.
– The long-blooming flowers change from deep pink to copper.
Sedum prefers moderately fertile, moist soil in full sun, but can take it drier. ‘Autumn Joy’ can be tip pruned at 6 to 8 inches to shorten the plant, but this will also delay flowering.
Take softwood cuttings or root leaves in early summer. Start seed of hardy species in fall. Divide in spring.
<>Problems: Fairly trouble free, but watch for mealybugs, scale insects, slugs, and snails, as well as bigger critters, including deer.