Tortoiseshell on Sedum

A tortoiseshell butterfly sits poised on the edge of a sedum flower.

I didn’t used to like these sedums – also known as stonecrop. I found their form with their fleshy leaves rather unattractive. When we moved here there were five or six plants in a flower bed along with a selection of other perennials. I had in mind to gradually remove them and replace them with some other favourite plants but seeing how they coped with last year’s drought changed my mind. They flowered all Summer until late Autumn attracting many butterflies, bees, hoverflies, and other beneficial insects into the garden. They are doing the same this year.

They are now amongst my favourite plants in the garden and I’ve even transplanted a couple into other flower beds too hoping they will thrive.