Sedums Provide Splash Of Color In Fall Gardens

(LOUISVILLE, September 24th, 2003, 3:30 p.m.) -- At this time of year, many of the plants we count on to bring our gardens to life are losing their shine. Our Cindi Sullivan has information about a plant that sparks interest in spring or fall.

Earlier in the growing season, we talked about growing sedums in containers. But you should also know that sedums can provide color and interest in your fall in-ground garden as well.

One of the most popular sedums that you will find at your local garden is called Autumn Joy. Those sedums will grow 15-24 inches tall. These plants are attractive all during the growing season, with leaves emerging in rosettes in early spring and flower buds opening in large clusters of individual star shaped flowers.

Succulents have thick, fleshy leaves that store water to survive the dry conditions of their native habitats. These specialized leaves provide a rich texture for the garden. Most have soft muted leaf colors that will create subtle transitions between garden plants. Many species of succulents will send up flower stalks that will add even more interest in the garden.

You'll also find a large selection of other Sedums that will range in leave color and texture that make great groundcovers particularly in rock garden areas. All they need is a well drained soil and full sun to thrive.