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Sedum is September Plant of the Month

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What a wonderful summer and we don’t need to say goodbye quite yet because with today’s warmer climate summer now stretches into early October. This means your traditional midsummer floral display needs to stretch further into the year. You now need a second set of late-flowering plants to see you through September and October.


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Varieties of Sedum spectabile and S. telephium are particularly lovely at this time of year and if you leave the flowers after they’ve died they will continue to look attractive in winter.


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This is an old-fashioned perennial is formed of blue-green rosettes of succulent foliage throughout summer. Towards late summer, flat tightly-packed heads of green buds form opening to reveal masses of tiny bright pink flowers.


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Sedum is highly attractive to butterflies and insects, and several species can be found crowding over the flowers, making an additional attraction in the autumn garden.


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Sedums like to grow in an open, sunny spot, ideally in a well-drained border. They can tolerate a fair degree of drought and survive in a dry Garden. Sedums also work in large scale perennial plantings where they look great planted in groups with perennials or grasses.