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Are you in the zone?

The fuss free zone that is...

Join the legions of gardeners that are already zoning in; use some of the techniques here such as xeriscaping, or gardening with reduced water.  The benefits will amaze and delight you, and you will still have an amazingly lush and beautiful garden.

The world is becoming a harsher place for plants; with uncertain weather patterns, and less water in the summer there are fewer plants that thrive in these conditions. 

Wondering what kinds of ways you can use to minimize your water use, yet still have a lush garden?

Not to worry; you can have a gorgeous colorful garden using some of the most interesting plants around; succulents.  These odd plants have the ability to thrive in drought, storing water for the tough times ahead.

Check out this slideshow;

Hens and Chicks and Stonecrop - sometimes known as Sempervivum and Sedum - along with their cousins, Jovibarba, Orostachys have been grown in cold climates for ages; they are just now being rediscovered for their willingness to take on a challenge.

Crocus 'Firefly'...

Early spring blooms are such a welcome sight...

Sometimes, it's not the drought you have to worry about; it's the excess rainfall.  Where on earth can you store that water for the dry times ahead? 

Learn all about xeriscaping with the free five part e-course, and at the end of it, sign up for the water e-course too.  You'll be well ahead of the crowd when it comes to knowing how to make water go further, both in the plants you choose, and the management of a precious resource.

Containers spilling over with healthy and happy succulent plants on your deck or sun drenched patio no longer means watering twice or three times a day – you won’t be a slave to these drought smart plants!

Unusual hypertufa containers, rustic salvage and recycling give your garden a charming and unique ambiance. 

Mix and match hardy and tender species and varieties for a gorgeous summer display.

Tender doesn't mean 'delicate'...

There are lots of lovely tender types to invite into your home as house plants; fat plants such as Echeveria and Aloe combine so well in containers and planters.

Now that you have started your collection, learn all about how to display those fascinating plants to full advantage, and how to keep them healthy and happy:

Succulent Plants

Tender Succulent Plants

Succulent Pictures

Succulent Pictures

Aloe

Aloe Succulent Plants

Flowering Succulent Plants

Kalanchoe species

Find Your Plant Here...

Succulent Identification Chart

Portulaca

Portulaca

Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum

Aeonium

Aeonium

Hardy succulent plants could be in your garden right now...

There's a wide range of tough, reliable garden plants that have the ability to withstand drought, and thrive in even the most challenging of conditions;

Jovibarba heuffelii

Jovibarba heuffelii...

How to grow Jovibarba species

...and species

Orostachys

Orostachys

Rosularia

Sedum for Borders

Sedum

Hardy Succulents

Hardy Succulents

Alpine Plants

Sempervivum

Many gardeners sense a mysterious attraction to succulents of all kinds. You may feel the pull of their symmetry and simplicity like many others before you, and admire their toughness and resilience in conditions of poor soil, infrequent watering and neglect.

Your garden can still look lush and inviting, even when you don’t have time to water and cater to the whims of more fussy plants.

Xeric plants are not only drought smart and water wise, they have many other unique strategies to help them thrive in less than ideal conditions. Plan, design and nurture your perfect ecological niche.

I’m Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist, avid Xeric Gardener and Wildcrafting Artisan.

Find out more about me, and join me on the adventure of a lifetime in the hunt for exotic, unusual, intriguing and fascinating Drought Smart Plants.


Lost? Go to Drought Smart Plants Site Map and find every page.



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