Hi all! Most of the blooms from perennials are done by now, and the garden is looking a bit dull. Mums and asters are a great way to add some color, but Autumn Joy Sedum is a favorite of butterflies. This sedum plant is one of the easiest to grow. It requires a good amount of sunlight, can handle dry periods well and moderate fertilizing is all that’s required. This is a Painted Lady Butterfly. They aren’t shy at all.
It grows rather tall at about 2 feet. If you want to keep it shorter you can cut it back 4 inches when it reaches 8 inches tall. Pinching buds off will also delay flowering time if you wish. Look what a butterfly magnet it is! To be honest the butterfly experts are saying that due to the hurricane and flooding in Texas this year, butterflies are migrating north. I’m glad I have a home ready for them.
They start out as a pale pink, develop into a darker pink, and then to rust. The planing zone is 3 to 9, so many can grow this.
I have a bare spot in my garden that I want to fill with Autumn Sedum, so I just took some cuttings from plants I already have. I put them in a glass of water on a window sill. It takes about 3 to 4 weeks for roots to form. These have been in water for 3 weeks.
This morning I planted them in that little bare spot. I’ll water it daily for a week. Next year I will have pretty pink blooms. And maybe more butterflies!
Another beauty for late summer / early fall is Muscari Liriope. Mine are full of these deep purple blooms. It’s just gorgeous! They prefer only a little sun.
When selecting plants next year, be sure to include some fall bloomers.