Hylotelephium (Sedum) spectabile
‘Autumn Joy (Herbstfreude)’
'Autumn Joy' does exactly what it says on the tin being a very dependable and popular variety for late season colour.
The flowers arrive in mid to late summer as large pink umbels before turning a bright copper colour by the autumn. These flowers are a rich source of late season nectar providing a much needed pre-hibernation top up for a whole host of insects. Once the blooms have faded, the brown seed heads dry creating attractive silhouettes in their own right whilst their hollow tubes provide a bolt hole for diminutive wildlife to shelter over winter; we don't cut ours down until spring.
The thick, succulent leaves form a dense clump that is effective at suppressing weeds. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions, this sedum will grow best in a sunny spot with well drained soil. If the soil is too rich they will flop.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Pale green, fleshy
Pink shades, brown
Well drained, dry