Sedum spectabile Brilliant Group
Description: Well known easy to grow herbaceous perennial which looks good throughout much of the year. Early rosettes of fleshy green leaves then large heads of green buds develop. in late summer these turn into long lasting rich pink flower heads which are loved by bees and butterflies as a rich source of nectar and when in bloom the flowers are always covered with insects. Finally brown seed heads remain of interest throughout autumn and winter.
Uses: Good in any sunny borders whether herbaceous or mixed. Also good with late flowering perennials and grasses. Suitable for a dry garden as no watering required.
Climate/Position: Full sun for the best plants, drought resistant.
Height/Spread: 45 cm x 45 cm.
Soil Requirements: Well drained soil. Apply a good mulch to encouge rich growth and better volume of flowers.
Pruning: Leave dead heads on until spring before removal then cut to ground level. Try the Chelsea chop! End of May (ie the week of Chelsea Flower Show) reduce the stems by half. this will encourage shorter more sturdy stems and more prolific flowers
Special Requirements: Best if clump divided and replanted after several years to refresh as the center of the plant will become depleted and stems long and more likely to collapse.