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Sedum is a perennial with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems and clusters of flowers. Sedum or Garden Succulents are easy to care for and grow in American gardens. Sometimes called 'fat plants,' these very popular and trendy favorites have parts that are thicker and more fleshy to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Sedum is commonly known as Stonecrop. A very dependable choice for the garden that offers foliage interest early in the season and a colorful flower display later.
About this Variety
Sedum Herbstfreude, also known as Sedum Autumn Joy is one of the most popular garden succulents. This hardy, upright variety sports light green leaves and deep rose flowers that age to a beautiful bronze later in the growing season. These tall upright Sedums form large clumps of foliage that add a considerable dimension in the garden landscape as its massive flower heads burst into color in fall. If left untouched after blooming, they will provide lots of winter interest and food for birds. A very valuable plant!
- Very easy to grow and maintain
- Multiplies quickly
- Grows well in containers, borders, rock gardens & mass plantings
- Heat and drought tolerant
- Temperatures determine foliage color
Full sun to partial shade
Grows 12-24" tall
Plant 18-24" apart, 0.5-1" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-9, Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant Sedum in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Plant in a full sun to partially shaded location. Sedum loves soil that is rich, porous and drains well but still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments like peat moss or ground bark. Spread a 3-4 inch layer of soil amendment if needed, add fertilizer and incorporate into the soil to a depth of 10 inches. Plant in groups with roots spaced 24-48" apart for the best show. Sedum should be planted 0.5-1" deep. Water thoroughly at planting. Water as needed while growing. Mulch to keep the soil cool and to prevent the soil from drying out. Apply fertilizer before and after flowering.
These plants require little to no maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves. After flowering, cut back to maintain shape.