Great Plants this Month Summer

Hylotelephium ‘Red Cauli’ A.G.M.

Louse Sims

Previously Sedum ‘Red Cauli’ (just to confuse us further, not all sedums are re-named Hylotelephium, just some of them!), my star plant this week is the amazing stone crop ‘Red Cauli’. Seen above with Diascia personata: it’s one of those plants that just sings at this time of the year. 

Happiest in a border

Interestingly neither of these two thrives in a pot – the sedum seems to want to grow sideways out of it, and the Diascia is so brittle that if you pick up the pot, you invariably snap off a lovely long flowering stem! But once planted, I can hardly think of two plants that better earn their keep in the border.                                               

Introduced by Graham Gough (Marchants Hardy Plants), it was awarded the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS in 2006. ‘Red Cauli’ has all the usual characteristics of the genus, but the intense red colouring of the flowerheads in combination with the glaucous green foliage is unbeatable.

The marvellous result of a Chelsea Chop!

This year I decided against the Chelsea chop for my sedums, and indeed they are standing up well thanks to a dry summer (height approx 45cms); however last year was different and the photograph above shows how very effective the procedure can be.                                               

Either way, ‘Red Cauli’ wins hands down!

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2 replies on “Hylotelephium ‘Red Cauli’ A.G.M.”

Very interesting looking round Laura’s garden. I had to keep stopping the clip so I could look up the plants. Most will not do half as well in my Edinburgh garden…. Rosa Peach Melba was really lovely, especially this late in the season. I’m sure it would do fine here 🙂

Hello Barbara, thanks for writing in, we hoped it would useful to put the plant names in writing on the film and you’ve just confirmed that it is so we’ll keep doing it! Rosa ‘Peach Melba’ is a charming new rose , a compact climber up to about 10 feet, repeat flowering with a lovely fruity scent very much reminiscent of its name. Caroline grows it happily in her garden north of Inverness so it should be fine with you in Edinburgh. To be honest all the other outdoor shrubs came through a vicious -10 this winter, albeit against a south facing wall. The Aristolochia definitely needs some molly-coddling though, and needs an odd combination of a warm, shady wall and can’t cope with temperatures below plus 5 degrees so it’s a real prima donna! Best wishes and happy gardening, Laura

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