Dunmore House in Carrigans is one of my favourite gardens to visit. Dating from the early 18th century Dunmore House itself if steeped in history, however much of what you see in the walled garden is from the early 20th century onwards. A nice network of paths allows you to explore the mix of ornamental and productive horticulture, and if your lucky you'll meet head gardener Andy on your way and he'll engage you with heaps of stories and tales of the garden...For more details on Dunmore House, and its new wedding service, please visit DunmoreGardens.ie
In my own garden I grow Sedum 'Brilliant', I've a nice wee line of them, 6 or so plants, and at this time of year their at their peak, the clusters of small wee flowers decorate the end of the cacti-looking foliage. I'm not a particularly great photographer but my own Facebook and Instagram feeds have a healthy dollop of fabulous pictures of Sedums smothered in the most amazing array of different Butterflies and other garden insects....its a plant which is a photographers dream. Now I've only got the more traditional tall Sedum 'Brilliant' but on my travels I see lots of other exciting varieties in peoples gardens....all great for beneficial insects and for the photographers among us!
The most popular type of Sedum is Sedum 'Autumn Joy', as seen here at a border front during Buncrana Tidy Towns Best Kept Garden Judging in mid August, by now this plant will be alive with butterflys....like a butterfly airport!!
Also when I was in Buncrana I saw these pots which were attractively filled with Sedum Purple Emperor, a lovely compact type of Sedum which I think is best suited to a pot as it has slightly pendulistic habit so it gently huge the rim of the pot
A relatively new introduction to the Sedum Household is this Sedum Autumn Charm. Similar in size and stature as 'Sedum Brilliant', but the added attraction of variegated foliage. I'm not a huge fan....I think the foliage takes away from the flower and the variegation isn't strong enough for me...but I'm sure others love it!
Now a new variety which does excite me is this Sedum Amber, this is a low growing ground cover Sedum, growing about 8" tall, making it a wonderful Sedum for the rockery.
Generally all Sedums are low maintenance, requiring little attention bar a bit of light pruning after flowering. They are all drought tolerant so little irrigation is needed in the summer too....just get your cameras set up!
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