Fall Flowering Sedums

autumn flowering sedums

Almond Joy sedum beginning to color in mid-August

Same Autumn Joy Sedum flower color in mid September

Same Autumn Joy sedum flower color in mid-September

An old fashioned pink sedum often called Live-Forever Sedum

An old fashioned pink sedum often called Live-Forever sedum

These two sedums give us quite a fall show. From the flowers having a hint of color in mid-August, to peaking with color in late September, they are great accents to the fall landscape.
The Almond Joy sedum in the images is two years old, and we bought it in bloom about this time of the year. It is in the perfect location, sunny, and a spot in the flower bed that is slighter higher than the area around it. It is in a rather tight soil, but it drys out well between waterings. The biggest problem with growing this plant is if the soil stays too wet, and does not dry out, it will rot at the base. It is not a plant that needs tender loving care, but just a good location that dries out, if we have frequent rains like this summer. This perennial should not be pruned, unless you want to cut the flowers in bloom to use in an arrangement.
The pink sedum (this is what most folks call it) in the image goes by the name Live-Forever sedum, and is a lot more tolerant than Almond Joy of its growing conditions. The ones you see in the image are next to a front walk and are shaded a bit by the house, and shrubs growing next to it. That is the reason the flower stalks looks like the stems are flopped over. In full sun this would not happen. Basically the best culture is like that of Almond Joy, but it is one tough plant, thus the common name.
While you can easily find Almond Joy sedum in garden centers, Live-Forever sedum is mostly a pass along plant. Both are great fall flowering sedums for Birmingham metro area landscapes.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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