The long row of Autumn Joy sedum in one of the summer garden beds makes for a showy display in the late summer and fall garden. The interesting “broccoli type” foliage grabs your attention during the height of summer and these drought tolerant plants reward us later in the season with a showy display of dusty-pink flowers that are massed together in heads that may be 3 inches or more across. The flowers deepen to a rich bronzy-red and even when no longer blooming the spent flower heads continue to stand upright, add interest throughout the winter, and provide birds with plenty of seeds.
The Sachem (atalopedes campestris) spends most of its time in sunny environments that offer many nectar sources.
Photo by Sue Dunn