Sedum flowers are now turning a rich wine colour, striking a wonderful deep note among the more shrill yellows of the season. The plant lends solidity as well as colour to a border or a flower bed. It’s generally known as sedum, although it is also commonly called the “ice plant” because of its grey-green waxy foliage that has a vaguely icy look to it.

This flower has an extremely long season of interest. It starts with broad buds at ground level in early spring and these expand to produce shoots with fleshy leaves. In summer, the flower heads expand and the buds begin to slowly change colour to pale pink and then bright pink when the tiny, individual, star-shaped flowers open up on their broad, flat heads.