A Low Maintenance Flower

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Need a low maintenance flower?  Then check out the many different cultivars (varieties) of the Sedum spectabile.  My post here shows pictures of the ‘Neon’ cultivar.  Plants have popular names and this one is called Stonecrop.   What I adore about this plant is that it is both low maintenance and gorgeous.  AND [cue the drum roll]  it looks GREAT from spring (when it’s green leaves are shiny and new), through the summer (when the flower starts to bloom) and all the way through late fall (when the flower stays and stays).

Now, if you want EASY PEASY….pay attention here! Read on and let me repeat:  it’s low maintenance, gorgeous and it lasts a really long time, so long it is called a four-season perennial.  Why four-season?  Because the seed heads that remain are even attractive through the winter.  Gah!  This makes any nutsy gardener like me go even nutsier!

Here in Colorado, in the month of September and October, the Sedum spectabile (no matter what cultivar/variety) will show you four different shades of one color.   I am NOT lying.  This plant loves to change its clothes.  It’s a real show off.  See below for pictures I took in my garden way back in 2007.  These snap shots prove that the Sedium spectabile is SPECTACULAR!

One Plant — 2 Months — Four Shades of Color

September 1st (light pink)

September 1st

September 1st

September 1st

 

September 11th (royal pink)

September 11th

September 11th

 September 23 (neon pink)

September 23rd

September 23rd

September 23rd

September 23rd

 

October 23 (burnt pink)

October 23

October 23

October 23

October 23

What is your favorite sedum to grow? Please comment below and tell us all about it. There are so many wonderful varieties!

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  • Hey friend! I love these. When should I plant them? I have the perfect plot in my front yard.

    • laura

      Hi there Leah! I miss you. It probably is best to put new plants in this coming spring around May…even there in MN.