Autumn Joy Sedum
Easy Care, Beautiful Autumn Joy Sedum
Fall is one of the best times to get outside and enjoy your garden. Experienced landscapers know how important it is to plan around the end of the growing season. After all, it's not so darn hot out, and you'll love having family and friends over for get togethers.
One of the very best plants to use for end of season interest is definitely Autumn Joy Sedum (Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy', also known as Sedum 'Herbstfreude'). You'll make a big statement with this dramatic perennial.
Now, between you and I... this is one of the easiest plants in the world to grow. One of the common names for this plant is "Stonecrop." Does that give you a big hint? Don't worry, it can be our secret how completely easy this plant is.
Autumn Joy is just the right name for this great variety. It's a super hardy succulent, with substantially thick, grayish-green leaves. This plant gives you a big presence with a clean, polished look.
The plant shoots emerge from the ground in spring in a nice formal rounded clump. Leaves emerge in early summer. The shoots elongate and by early July, form flat topped flower buds cluster on the tips of each branch.
The flowers open to a light pink and continue to darken as the season progresses. By late fall, those plate like flower heads have turned a deep, dark garnet color.
Butterflies, such as the Monarch, really love this plant, too. The large, flat flowers make perfect landing pads for them to land on and feast on the nectar. They'll "fill up" at this flower buffet, then continue on their long migration.
Once the flowers open there will rarely be a time when the butterflies aren't feasting on top of those flowers...not ever! It's one of nature's great shows.
- Sun-Loving Hardy Succulent
- Fall and Winter Interest
- Large, Dark Pink Flower Heads
- Butterfly Magnet
- Drought Tolerant
You'll adore these expertly grown perennials from Nature Hills. Order today and make your fall garden shine!
How to Use Autumn Joy Sedum in the Landscape
This is one of the most exciting and hardy garden perennials that you can plant in your garden. That's why 'Autumn Joy' has become one of Nature Hills most popular perennials.
They make fantastic plants outlining a formal flower bed or very informally added to a mixed border. But what they have really become is an amazing landscape plant with a solid presence year round!
Let it take center stage, or use it as a colorful backdrop for other, smaller plants like ground covers. Pair them with other fall blooming plants, such as Aster and Ornamental Grasses in a Fall Garden.
For a short, seasonal display, simply pop the growing container directly into your ornamental pots. This makes an easy-peasy change out from your summer look right into an Autumn themed container.
Cut flowers can last for weeks in your flower arrangements. Just cut the sturdy stems down at any stage and they will work just beautifully for you.
Even the deep, dark dried flower stems are fantastic in dried arrangements or for use in your fall and winter pots or décor.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' needs to be planted in full sun in well-drained soil. It will tolerate most soil types and they are very drought resistant.
It actually prefers a drier soil! In fact, plants that are grown in rich, moist soils may produce heavy weaker growth that flops as the heavy flower heads develop.
If this sounds like your soil, simply plan to snip back the new growth by a few inches. Do this as soon as your stems reach about a foot tall. Don't worry, they'll soon produce new flowers on the shortened stems, but the stems will be much sturdier for you.
Be sure to leave the stems and flowers on the plant standing, even after a frost comes. It's easy enough to do a quick cleanup in early spring. Just cut the dried stems down to the ground.
In the meantime, Autumn Joy Sedum are really wonderful in winter.
The seed heads turn a dark brown color and remain rigid and erect to catch and sculpt the snow all winter long. You'll love this fantastic addition to your winter garden.
Don't let another year go by without growing Autumn Sun Sedum for an amazing Fall Garden display. Order from us today!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Sedum AUTUMN JOY 'Herbstfreude'|
|Mature Height||18 - 24 inches|
|Mature Spread||18 - 24 inches|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|