The plants in my new ex-lawn that looked the best all winter weren't the sedums, after all. They were the clovers, both red and white, which stayed pretty darn green. And because I don't mow, I'll be enjoying the taller red blooms all season long.
Clover's best planted in the spring, so just yesterday I ordered a batch from *eBay, there being none in the stores. Here's the description of clover's unique virtues from the seller on eBay:
"Its amazing ability to fix nitrogen will enrich your soil, reducing or
eliminating your need for chemical fertilizers or any fertilizers for
that matter!! In addition, clover is a very nutritious plant for
livestock, and will produce delicious dairy from the healthy animals
grazed on it. 1 ounce of this seed will cover approximately 100-150 sq
*Here's hoping this eBay adventure turns out not to be a fiasco.