“Come look at all the bees!” my wife had called.
“What kind of bees?” I asked, wanting to make sure this backyard visit was worth missing part of the football game I was watching.
“Honey bees?” she exclaimed.
And they were! Real live honeybees, by the dozens, flitting their way between blooms on what was for us at that time an unidentified flowering plant. Our son Jimmie had given us these plants a few years back, but the deer had always mowed them down before they flowered.
Not this year.
We had managed to keep the deer at bay and the plant we later identified as Sedum Autumn Joy was in full bloom and the honeybees were loving it. In fact, I have seen more bees on those plants in the past week than I have seen honeybees in our yard in the last ten years.
Fellow gardeners, if you want bees for pollination and a beautiful addition to your yard you need to introduce some of these amazing plants.
According to Mt. Google, Sedum Autumn Joy produces delicate bright-pink flowers on large heads that age into a beautiful copper color as fall approaches. Autumn Joy is a stout, spreading plant with succulent foliage that pairs well with ornamental grasses and against the deep-green leaves of summer perennials. Easy to care for, very adaptable, and a popular stand-in for shrubs, this sedum lasts and lasts when other plants begin to wane.
It attracts butterflies, birds and bees and it’s easy to grow. Nothing beats it for late color in the border.
Sedums, like Hostas and have become staples in American perennial gardens in recent years. This incredible plant is now at or near the top of everyone’s list of the best perennial flowers of them all. Nothing beats it for late color in the border.
Plant some Sedum Autumn Joy and have plenty of bees in your yard next fall.