|From In the Garden|
The choice for September's Plant of the Month is a really easy choice this month. It was between lantana and sedums. Both could easily be the plant of the month but the sedums won out by a hair. Do you see what I mean by sedums and lantana in the picture above? They both look great-really fantastic and do shine in the late summer garden. I like the form of sedums a bit more than the lantana though, so that is why the sedums won out. I grow several varieties here at Tiger Gardens. My favorite right now is Autumn Joy. I like it for the uniqueness of its flower shape and form. I also have a flat headed pink variety, 'Matrona', a couple of creepers, and a white looser form of 'Autumn Joy' and all are a sight to behold. Butterflies, bees and other flying insects sure love the sedums when they are in bloom. Sedums are not bothered by pests or diseases. They do occasionally flop; which is most annoying. Some sedums are more prone to this than others so if one does not work for you, try another. Sedums are easy to propagate by pinching them and placing the pinched section in soil. They usually will bloom the same year you took the cutting. Pinching also helps to make the sedums a bit bushier and stronger. I took a cutting of a sedum back in July and, as I am wont to do, I laid the cutting down and forgot about it. Do you know it stayed green and even bloomed while it sat outside? I finally tossed it in the compost bin because I was a bit tired of the guilt I felt each time I looked at the poor thing trying to grow with no roots, no soil, and no moisture.
You just can't beat the sedums for September's blooms and for its ease of care.
What is your September Plant of the Month?
in the garden....