In recent times many new Sedum varieties have been released onto the market. Over the last decade we have embraced the virtues of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and to a lesser extent Sedum 'Matrona' and with good results. So how do these newer varieties compare?
The Royal Horticulatural Society (RHS) in Wisley, England have conducted trials on the latest Sedum varieties. One variety known as 'Mr Goodbud' rose above the others in its ability to remain upright long after other Sedum varieties had collapsed. 'Mr Goodbud' received an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS in 2006.
Other up and coming varieties are Sedum 'Desert Black', 'S. 'Desert Red', S. 'Thunder Head', S. 'Thunder Cloud', S. 'Blue Pearl' and S. 'Xenox' and are all worth a try. The stand out attributes of these new generation Sedum varieties are long and intense flowering periods, flower and foliage colour and most importantly form.
I am sure Sedum 'Autumn Joy' will rightfully have a place in the garden, however it will now have some undeniable competitors.
We are currently growing Sedum 'Desert Black' (pictured below), Sedum 'Thunder Head' and Sedum 'Autumn Blush' - other varieties to be added shortly.