Sedums HAVE become much more popular, but I'm still amazed that they're not used more. Our front door sedum bed (in the mountains) is wonderful, full of colors and textures, and changing with the seasons.
Our gardens (now solely in the mountains of NC) have been increasingly home to native plants, birds, small mammals, and insects of all sorts. My gardening companion (my husband) is equally the gardener in our gardens. Woody, our rescue Golden, puts his own stamp on our gardens. He follows his previous fellow goldens (and my former gardening assistants): Mocha and Chessie. They bring life to our gardens.