Saw this one in a parking strip the other day, Sedum spathulifolium ‘Carnea.’ (I know some people think leaving plant tags in the ground is a little tacky, but I have to say I do it sometimes too, mostly because I’m such a terrible record-keeper and it’s the only way I can remember botanical names!)
This low-growing stonecrop has grey-green foliage for most of the year, funny little yellow flowers, and then this amazing garnet color show for winter. Sedums always seem like they should be desert plants to me, but this one is hardy from Zones 5-9. My plant bible says it takes full sun to part shade, is ‘vigorous’ and mat-forming, so maybe it’s a good one to plant where you don’t mind it stretching its roots a bit. Like, say, an urban parking strip… If I ever get my still-imaginary sedum garden up and running, this one’s got to be on my must-have list.