…that change colors with the seasons,…
…it emerges diminutive in late winter…
The subject is Sedum sieboldii ‘October Daphne’. It is assumed that the name originates from the spring blooming, sweet scented shrub Daphne ssp. (A post was written about the type we grow, Daphne odora aureomarginata that can be read by clicking here.)
This small in stature sedum is best planted at the edge of pathways or in a raised container for better viewing. Allowing it to spill over edges, trail gracefully down a slope or poke through an appalling chain link fence will show off the round blue/green/grey leaves outlined in shades of pinot noir to best advantage. Cold weather brings out the best in the fall foliage as the pink, yellow and orange rivals the most brilliant of the changing deciduous trees and shrubs. The flowers are merely an afterthought, although welcomed by the little pollinators.
Hardiness zones: 3-10
Habit: Semi evergreen, groundcover
Growth Rate: Slow
Size: 6 to 10 inches; 24 inch spread
Site Requirements: Sun to partial shade; well-drained soil
Form: Mounding, fountain-like, radiating from a center crown
Foliage: Forms a perfect, circular mound of arching stems covered with fleshy, round, blue-green foliage edged with a deep pink line; turns pink in winter
Flower: Flat heads of pink flowers on 8 inch stems in fall
Comments: Good drought tolerance, good for containers, bees and butterflies love it
Propagation: Stem or root cuttings
Sedum (some may call this by a newer name but I stubbornly refuse to do so) sieboldii ‘October Daphne’ is a worthy resident for any garden. Do give it a try.