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Perennial Tall Sedums

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

This is an amazing group of plants that are tough as. They handle our cold winters and hot summers providing a stunning display of flowers at the end of summer. These plants are excellent feature plants, grow them near grasses or even as a hedge.

Sedums are very easy to grow. They prefer full sun but can handle some shade and well drained soil. It doesn’t get much easier than this. Since these plants do not require much water, they are perfect for dry gardens. At the end of autumn, the plants will die back, leaving the flower heads for winter interest.

Bees and butterflies love these flowers.

The flowers are also used in floral arrangements both fresh and dry.

My top picks:

Autumn Joy (Hylotelephium telephium ‘Autumn Joy’ or Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’) flowers undergo a radiant colour change as the season progresses: from chartreuse buds, pale pink stars that open during late summer, and gradually darken to a rich copper red. Height 60cm.

Purple Emperor (Sedum telephium 'Purple Emperor') has rich dark purple-black leaves and stems are topped with dusky pink flowers. Height 60cm.

Matrona (Sedum telephium 'Matrona') deep grey-green foliage with an edging of pink. Height 60cm.

Frosty Morn (Sedum erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn') vividly detailed cream markings on the leaves and spectacular soft pink flowers. Height 60cm.

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Brilliant (Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’ - Hylotelephium spectabile 'Brilliant') produces green broccoli-like buds in mid-summer, which gradually open into enormous mauve-pink flower heads. Height 50cm.

Gooseberry Fool (Hylotelephium telephium subsp. maximum 'Gooseberry Fool') has flowerheads up to 20cm across comprising greenish to creamy-white flowers are borne from summer into autumn on purplish-red stems. Height 60cm.

Abbeydore (Sedum telephium 'Abbeydore') features clusters of bright flowers on tall branching stems. The vibrant flower matures from pink to dark red, creating a colourful tonal appearance on the plant. Foliage is blue-green that forms a mound. Height 50cm.

Thunderhead (Hylotelephium 'Thunderhead') has deep rose purple flower heads and contrasting grey-green foliage. Strong upright growth is a feature. Height 70cm.

Mr Goodbud (Sedum spectabile 'Mr Goodbud') is an award winning variety. The large dense flower heads start off light pink and open into multiple crowns of deep pink flowers. Height 45cm.

Hylotelephium telephium subsp. fabaria var. borderi is a species with heavily toothed upright foliage toped with lilac-pink flowers. Height 30cm.

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