Sedum is the queen of fall colour for perennials – as other perennials fade, sedum makes merry to enhance the fall fanfare. Its broad, voluptuous bloom clusters are in fat green bud over the summer, opening to exuberant shades of pink, rose, auburn or white, then aging to antique shades of wine and copper as fall advances. This super easy perennial is refuted as one of the easiest perennials to grow, making my list of garden staples. It loves full sun and is drought tolerant with fleshy, succulent, ‘water storing’ leaves. Pinching the stems back about half way in May will make for bushier plants that are less likely to splay or flop. And you can choose to push those pinched stems into workable soil if you want them to take root. There are many delightful varieties: Autumn Joy is ever popular with pink blooms aging to copper, Purple Emperor has striking deep purple leaves and stems, Matrona has maroon foliage with dusky pink blooms, and Frosty Morn gives you sparkling white to pale pink blooms with variegated leaves. There are about 600 different species of sedum – above are the taller, upright varieties, and you can read more about ground cover sedums by clicking here.
Technical stuff – Sedum/stonecrop, hardy perennial to Zone 3 or 4 (varies by variety so check labels, some Zone 2 or 5), height of about 12”– 24”, spread of 18” – 24”, prefers full sun and well-drained soil but will tolerate most soils and a little shade, attractive buds in summer opening to bloom in late summer and into fall.