Autumn Charm is part of the Sedum genus and is a Hybrid stonecrop variety. Its scientific name is Sedum 'Autumn Charm'.
The greenish-blue leaves are edged with a creamy yellow margin that becomes almost white as the season progresses. Its distinctive, crisp, and colorful variegation holds well through the entire growing season and brings a striking tri-season addition of color to the garden scene.
The rounded, semi-domed, flower heads start out in mid-summer as tightly packed, milky-white buds. They turn through cream to light pink, and by late summer each head opens as many tiny, deep pink florets. As summer turns to autumn, they pass through deeper shades of salmon-pink to burgundy, and eventually, as the season rolls into the early stages of winter, they take on shades of mahogany and rich chocolate hues of brown and cocoa. Even in winter, the attraction isn’t finished, for the strong, sturdy stems and russet colored flower heads persist and look pretty glistening in the winter sunlight, looking especially eye-catching protruding out of early falls of light snow. The long lasting flowers are wonderful for cutting; they last well in water. The contrast of the colored heads and variegated foliage looks just as good in a vase as it does out in the garden. The nectar rich flowers lure butterflies from all over the neighborhood. Later on, when they fade and seeds ripen, another round of activity begins when small birds come to feast on the flower heads.This variety is a Flower that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Autumn Charm normally reaches to a mature height of 1.24 feet (38.0 cm). Expect blooming to occur in early autumn.
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The thick, fleshy, succulent-like foliage is well suited to cope with summer temperatures and short periods of drought. With new plants, water regularly until established, put down a good moisture retaining and weed suppressing mulch,
A tough, easy grower that only needs ordinary, well-drained soil to flourish. About the only condition it doesn’t like is wet, stodgy places where the roots are saturated.
To promote sturdy, bushy growth and more flower stems, it is recommended trimming back the growth by half in early summer – when the shoots are about 8-10 inches. The clumps will quickly replenish and produce lots of fresh new growth that will be extra colorful and lead to more flowers. There is also no harm in tidying up the clumps occasionally by trimming them more frequently. You will delay the flowering by a week or so, but on the plus side, you will get extra bushy growth, more foliage color, and intensify all its “charm”. 1Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Autumn Charm is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Autumn Charm are Zone 3 and Zone 9.
Brent Horvath, owner of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc. (Hebron, Illinois) discovered this variegated sport on a batch of Sedum “Autumn Joy” (aka ‘Herbstfreude’) in 1997. He filed for a plant patent in 2001, naming it Sedum ‘Lajos’ (pronounced "Lai’-osh), a trade name that honors his late father, Lajos Geza Horvath. Lajos is a worthy name for it commemorates a hard working, highly respected, and much loved Hungarian American who escaped from his native country after the uprising and revolution in 1956. He made his way to the US in 1959 and eventually founded a landscaping business, the nursery, and other horticultural businesses. Over the years, Lajos brought untold pleasure and joy to countless customers and friends. He loved growing and teaching people about perennials. While it is fitting that this fine variety bears his father’s name, Brent also knew that it would be hard for gardeners to pronounce, so he set about finding an alternative name for his star plant. He wanted to have something that had the word “Autumn” in it, maintaining the connection to its outstanding parent ‘Autumn Joy’. When a friend suggested “Autumn Charm” during a trip they were making to Egypt, he knew immediately that this was the name that should be registered. 1