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Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

They don’t call it Autumn Joy for nothing – well, actually, it doesn’t seem to be called Autumn Joy at all any more, it’s just us old fashioned pair who are hanging on to the name we’ve always known it by;  according to those august folk at the RHS the preferred name is Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’.   But don’t get us started on plant name changes….

Joyful, huh?

Autumn Joy, surely?

We’ve always known this as S. ‘Autumn Joy’ and the picture, taken on the nursery this afternoon, shows why it got its name.

It’s not unusual, in fact it’s dead common – it’s used extensively in amenity planting schemes in Holland (and increasingly here in the UK) – but it’s no less garden worthy for that;  it’s a dead simple, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin border perennial.   And mostly what it says on the tin is “looks fantastic in October”.   With a sub-clause saying “lovely clumps of glaucous leaves through spring and summer”.

It’s got the RHS Award of Garden Merit, meaning it’s an all round general good do-er in the garden, and needs no particular attention or care (except for the Chelsea Chop in late May). It needs a reasonably sunny spot, is very drought tolerant, and is happy in pretty much any soil (except very wet).

If you’ve got a spot in the garden needing a bit of autumn cheer, this here’s the fella.

2 Responses to “Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’”

  1. Statto Says:

    I don’t think it’s too bad to keep on referring to it by its old name…Herbstfreude is German for ‘autumn joy’. Why would the RHS seek to standardise on an identical-but-German name, though?

  2. Nick Says:

    Pedantic chaps botanists, huh? I guess the cultivar was originally introduced/named by a German, and was therefore originally named in German!

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