The Showy Snowcrop (Sedum spectabile) is also known as Autumn Joy and Live-Forever. It doesn’t naturally spread very quickly but will last for many years with only moderate water. You can also encourage wider growth by cutting and replanting summer stems. It grows to about two feet, so it probably isn’t ideal for an entire yard. In smaller areas, it adds beautiful fall color with late-blooming pink, red, or white flowers. The snowcrop does well in otherwise poor, sandy soil, and attracts butterflies and bees.
Hardy Yellow Iceplant
Iceplants are low-water groundcovers that spread quite quickly. The Hardy Yellow Iceplant (Delosperma Nubigenum) adds a unique look and color in the winter. It is also very drought-resistant. Small, succulent leaves (described as looking like jelly beans) turn from a deep green to a purplish red in colder months. In spring, hundreds of yellow flowers cover the plants, and blend in well with other spring flowers. The Hardy Yellow Iceplant isn’t tropical or child-friendly — it won’t survive heavy watering or foot traffic.