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Autumn Joy ~ In Carol's Garden

I have an Autumn Joy Sedum on my deck. I talk about it every year as it is one of many favorites in my garden. The plant has different phases. The photo above is the final burgundy phase. My favorite. Sort of a heart shape. The sedum starts out as a green plant as shown below.

As the season progresses the cycle begins. This sedum is outgrowing the container. I will probably plant it in Dustin’s garden.

Autumn Joy stonecrop bears an unusual flower well worth growing in its own right. Flowers are sort of clumped together in flat-topped heads that are 3 inches or more across. Autumn Joy’s flowers, which start out green will become pink, then eventually burgundy. The butterflies love this plant. The blooms are flat so it makes sort of a landing pad for them as shown below. I took the photo below last year on my deck.


I am now waiting on the butterflies to enjoy both my Tiger Lilies and my Sedum. As soon as they do I will share photos with you. Have a great day everyone

Photos ©CarolDM2018; ©Dustin4ever

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  1. I have some sedum planted, but it is a trailing plant with tiny leaves and very small, yellow, starburst flowers. The blossoms that have the biggest draw to our garden for butterflies are actually the onion and chive blossoms, which also draw a lot of wild honeybees and bumblebees. When the peppermint and catmint blooms, we get honeybees in droves, but the butterflies tend to ignore them.

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There are many varieties of sedum. I have a sedum called Autumn Joy Stonecrop in my deck garden. Each year I put it in the garage over the winter. Then bring it back out for the spring. This sturdy perennial is as tough as they come. There are clumps of green foliage that start green, then pink, then gracefully age to rosy russet-red in the fall. A great addition to a deck garden, rock garden or mixed border. 

The butterflies use the blooms as a landing pad, it will be a flat flower. I will show photos as it blooms. It is a very low maintenance plant and it is beautiful especially at the pink and burgundy stages.

The foliage will die back to the ground in cold winter regions, but will re-emerge in early spring. I am thinking of planting this in Dustin’s garden. It is outgrowing the container. I just learned the birds will eat the seeds in the fall. Another reason to transplant it to the garden.

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  1. Love it Carol. I love Sedums as well. I have a bunch of different kinds. I love it when they flower too. One is bright red, others are white to pink even. I bet you have some yellow bloomers.. Is this one?
    They wont winter well in climates that get freezing, bringing them in to winter is a must if you want one where it gets cold. They are super easy to grow.

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