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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● SE­DUM (ice plant) THESE re­li­able peren­ni­als pro­vide sub­tle colours in the au­tumn gar­den, from soft creams and pinks to deep au­tum­nal cop­pery-reds.

They are best placed in the front of a bor­der, as they are quite low-grow­ing. In spring and sum­mer, they pro­duce suc­cu­lent fo­liage in shades rang­ing from grey­green to bur­gundy, while the flow­ers are a mag­net to bees and but­ter­flies.

Touch the leaves on a warm day and you’ll find them cold, hence the name ice plant.

These plants like well-drained soils, are drought tol­er­ant and also make im­pres­sive ad­di­tions to con­tain­ers.

Com­bine them with asters and or­na­men­tal grasses for a pretty au­tumn show. Good va­ri­eties in­clude ‘Bril­liant’, which bears dark pink flow­ers from Au­gust to Novem­ber and ‘Au­tumn Joy’, with its salmon-pink heads turn­ing to cop­per as au­tumn pro­gresses.

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