Sedums and other Early Autumn Flowing Plants

Sedums have dense, often flattened, heads of flowers which can almost completely cover the attractive fleshy foliage. The most familiar flower colours for autumn-flowering sedums are shades of pink, purple and red.

Sedum spectabile ‘Carmen’ is an herbaceous plant up to 45cm (1-1/2ft) high with pale grey-green leaves and fluffy bright carmine-pink flowers.

sedumOther sedums in flower in early autumn are S. ‘Autumn Joy’ with pink flower heads deepening to copper-red, and S. maximum with flowers in shades of red and pink. S. maximum ‘Atropurpureum’ has purple-red tinted leaves and stems, and pink flowers.

Other early autumn flowers

Many perennials are still in full bloom at this time of year. For partnering with sedums, try Michaelmas daisies with starry flowers in shades of blue, purple, pink, red or lilac, or African lilies (Agapanthus), with long-stemmed, rounded clusters of funnel-shaped flowers in shades of blue or white.

Korean chrysanthemums have an enormous range of flower form and colour, over-wintering, white, yellow and orange.

Late season red-hot pokers (Kniphofia) have flowers in shades of red, orange and yellow, while golden rod (Solidago) has plumes of vivid yellow flowers.

Dahlias are an important plant for early autumn colour. There are also bulbs, such as pink autumn crocus (Colchicum), white or pink Dierama and deep pink Nerine bowdenii.

18. June 2011 by admin
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