Today I want to tell you about a plant that I love for its simplicity and bright bloom in the fall, when many plants finish flowering in my garden.
Let me remind you of this plant because I have no doubt that you all know it well.
The ice plant or Hylotelephium Spectabile is an old-fashioned perennial plant. Formerly called Sedum Spectabile, it is notable for the fall. The sedum is a succulent with fleshy leaves and flat, nectar-rich flower heads that are extremely attractive to late-flying butterflies and bees.
I grow Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Carl’ which has blue-green rosettes of foliage over which dense green buds form, opening in masses of tiny bright pink flowers.
Sedum or Hylotelephium Spectabile are solar perennials that are easy to grow and are a distinctive feature in late summer and fall. Sedum flowers look especially good in grass.
I want to add that this plant looks great from spring, because their foliage is attractive in itself. In the spring, the flower heads are green, and from August they bloom completely. You can cut off dry flower heads and display them in a vase for months.
Do you grow Hylotelephium Spectabile in your garden? What is your experience?