Sedum (Herbstfreude Group) 'Herbstfreude'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: August to September
- Flower colour: salmon-pink to coppery-red
- Other features: attractive to butterflies and bees
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Flat-topped flowerheads, which can grow up to 20cm across, are made up of greenish white buds that open to pale pink, star-shaped flowers. These quickly turn rich pink and later fade to brown as they mature in late summer and autumn.
- Garden care: The flowerheads look great left during the winter to add shape and texture to your border. In February and March cut back the old flowerheads and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once established, sedums can have a tendency to flop leaving an open and unsightly centre, especially in fertile soil. One technique to help prevent this is the 'Chelsea chop'. During the last week of May (Chelsea Flower Show week), cut one in every three stems back to the ground. This will produce plants that are less lush and flower slightly later.
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Q:What low growing plants would you recommend for the bed surrounding our patio. We have too many yellow plants at the moment and I would like something that flowers in late summer/autumn. Thank you. Vanessa EnosAsked on 15/7/2013 by Vanessa from Kirkcudbright
It really depends on what type of soil you have and how much sun the area gets, but here are a few good options that are pretty tolerant of most conditions.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hebe-caledonia/classid.3918/Answered on 16/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:What plants would you recommend for my Mediterranean style garden?
Our garden is quite well established and has a Mediterranean feel. We have quite a few spaces that need filling and were hoping you could suggest a few things?Asked on 31/3/2005 by Mrs C Taylor
A:We have several plants that might interest you - here are some of the best Lavandula http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lavandula/?s=lavandula Cistus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.cistus/?s=cistus Kniphofia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.kniphofia/?s=kniphofia Euphorbias http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.euphorbia/?s=euphorbia Yucca filamentosa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/yucca-filamentosa-/classid.4537/ Eryngium http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.eryngium/?s=eryngium Sedum http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sedum/?s=sedum Brachyglottis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/brachyglottis-dunedin-group-sunshine/classid.4376/ Convolvulus cneorum http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/convolvulus-cneorum-/classid.940/Answered on 1/4/2005 by Crocus
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