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Succulents of all kinds are easy to use in crafts and projects; find the latest weird and wonderful ways to plant these tough yet beautiful plants in odd and unusual displays.

Growing them in containers or in gardens doesn't mean you'll be glued to the garden hose; they don't need lots of water.

Low maintenance doesn't mean dull; you'll see lots of fun ideas and ways to use drought tolerant plants in your garden.

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Aug 01, 2014

Best Garden Tools - choose your favorite

Choose your favorite of these Best Garden Tools; arm yourself with the best tools for the job...

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Jul 31, 2014

chubby elongate leaves w/bright orange flower clusters

Plant grows to 15 inches, w/chubby, light green leaves. vigorous growth from rhizomes. Once a year, clusters of bright orange flowers appear.

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Jul 31, 2014

Miniature Landscapes; fairy gardens, miniature villages and railways

Miniature Landscapes range from tiny villages and railways, complete with diminutive shrubs and trees, to fairy gardens in a bowl, to penjing and bonsai

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Jul 31, 2014

21 Unique Succulent Planters - Summer Ideas

21 Unique Succulent Planters; odd and unusual ways to grow succulent plants...

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Jul 31, 2014

21 Unique Succulent Planters - Page 2 - Start now

21 Unique Succulent Planters; odd and unusual ways to grow succulent plants...page two

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Jul 31, 2014

Sedum and Succulent Nursery - growing my favorite plants

My Sedum and Succulent Nursery is full of hardy Sedum, Sempervivum and Jovibarba which are perfectly adapted to growing in Canadian gardens...

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Jul 31, 2014

Vintage Sink Garden - making beauty out of junk

This Vintage Sink Garden is just one way to celebrate your junk; planted with hardy succulents and displayed in pride of place it's something beautiful made from trash...

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Jul 31, 2014

Succulent Wreaths - focal points that will knock your socks off

Succulent Wreaths; use those gorgeous succulent plants for a stunning garden craft to display as a centerpiece, or to hang on a wall or fence...

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Jul 30, 2014

Natural Gardens - take a page from Mother Natures planting guide

Natural Gardens take a page from Mother Natures planting guide - learn how to place plants in your landscape to mesh perfectly

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Jul 30, 2014

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - successful succulent plant survival

Learn all about how to successfully overwinter your succulent plants with the Winterizing Succulents E-Course...

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Jul 29, 2014

Echeveria species green - jade colored gem of a species

Echeveria species green, with its pale jade colored leaves is a gem of a plant; I'm not sure of the background of this one, but it's very pretty

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Jul 29, 2014

Succulent Plant Business; how to do it right

Thinking of starting a Succulent Plant Business? Do it right with the guidelines here...

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Jul 29, 2014

Miniature Gardens - Lilliputian, diminutive jewels

Building your own Miniature Gardens is so much fun - your imagination can run wild; these fascinating miniature scenes aren't just for kids...

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Jul 29, 2014

Help! I think I'm killing it!

Two Chinese girls gave this plant to me the day they moved back to China & told me nothing about it. I think it's a succulent...? Okay, when I got it

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Jul 29, 2014

Shedding Tree

I have a tree that is shedding (not sure what kind of tree), it also has holes in its leaves as well as spiky-like balls hanging from it? Not sure if

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Jul 28, 2014

A common succulent that contains a lot of water in its stem and fat, stubby leaves.

A common succulent that contains a lot of water in its stem and fat, stubby leaves.

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Jul 27, 2014

Pollinators - bees, butterflies and many more insects

Pollinators and beneficial insects are magnetically attracted to many garden plants for their nectar; in the process of visiting them, they also pollinate many of our plants...

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Jul 27, 2014

aloe like mystery succulent

It has hand like claws on each leaf and spines. Since its moved outside the leaves are curling toward center of plant. Growth pattern is mirrored, like

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Jul 26, 2014

Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic - rustic garden crafts

Here's a different way to grow succulents - in this Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic...

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Jul 26, 2014

Unidentified echeveria?

Smooth rosette about the size of my palm; grey/green with slight rosiness at the edges.

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Jul 26, 2014

Succulent Crafts E-Course - find out how to make unique succulent crafts

Enroll now in the Succulent Crafts E-Course - 12 installments of unique and unusual crafts, full tutorials

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Jul 26, 2014

Plant Labels - or play what's that plant

Get your Plant Labels out so you know which plant is which - your memory is no match for time...

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Jul 26, 2014

A tiny plant growing from a dry rocky trail

I found this plant at the side of a bone-dry, rock-hard hiking trail on a ridge here in the Easy Bay hill near San Francisco. The individual leaves are

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Jul 25, 2014

How do you ship your succulents?

I am thinking of starting a succulents business as I have been propagating them for years. How do you ship them? Do you ever ship arrangements in pots?

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Jul 25, 2014

Renovating the Satellite Dish Planter - a new lease on life

Renovating the Satellite Dish Planter took a while, but the new look is spectacular; moving it to a plinth or platform and putting new hardy succulents in has made all the difference...

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Jul 24, 2014

Questions Concerning Grafting

I would appreciate your expertise in answering some questions concerning grafting. I think that I erroneously believed that if you graft a branch from

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Jul 24, 2014

Rare Hardy Succulents - the uncommon, the unusual, the sought after

Rare Hardy Succulents; the uncommon and unusual sought after specialty plants; tough and beautiful...

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Jul 24, 2014

Sempervivum Problems, Diseases & Pests - help for your hens and chicks

Sempervivum Problems, Diseases and Pests - help for your Hens and Chicks plants to grow robust and strong...

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Jul 23, 2014

Sedum List Text Only - quick reference that you can print out

Sedum List Text Only; print out this quick reference of all the species and varieties I grow

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Jul 22, 2014

Small Green Succulent

I bought this on clearance at a drug store. It is light green with thick, almost cyllindrical leaves. The pictures offer the best description.

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Jul 22, 2014

Beneficial Insects in your xeriscape garden - pollinators & predators

Beneficial Insects are an army of predators taking care of the pests in your xeriscape garden day and night

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Jul 22, 2014

Tis a mystery succulent to me...

I bought (or should I say I won) two small succulents on eBay. The seller also included 10-12 cuttings from other various succulents none of which were

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Jul 21, 2014

Green, long and rounded leaf succulent

My succulent is growing really well and looks awesome but I have no idea what it is! It's leaves grow rounded and form like a mouth and then as they continue

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Jul 21, 2014

Succulent Plant Propagation - making more plants

Find out all about Succulent Plant Propagation and how to make more of our favorite plants by cuttings, pups and seeds...

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Jul 20, 2014

Fingerlike segmented Succulent - What is it!?

Hello I need help identifying my succulent. He has long, hanging segmented fingers. They are cylindrical and grow in little branches. He has white hairs

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Jul 18, 2014

Un H2O Garden - Kelowna's demonstration xeriscape garden

Kelowna has its very own Un H2O Garden - a demonstration garden showing how beautiful water wise landscaping can be...

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Jul 18, 2014

Xeric Garden Soil - soil types, or how to improve on nature

What is your Xeric Garden Soil? Do you know? Find out what the best kind of soil for your xeriscape gardening is here...

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Jul 17, 2014

Wild Flower Garden - native plant paradise

Your Wild Flower Garden will be a native plant paradise, with wildflowers glowing in the sunshine, coming up year after year; easy care, low maintenance and lovely...

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Jul 17, 2014

An Almost Wildflower Bouquet - use what you've got

An Almost Wildflower Bouquet might just brighten up your decor; if you have native plants and shrubs, don't ignore them to use for flower arrangements...

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Jul 16, 2014

Could you tell the name?

Could you tell name of this succulent for me please and how take care of that. Thanks a lot.

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Jul 16, 2014

Succulent Identification Chart - find your unknown plant here

Use the Succulent Identification Chart to find your unknown succulents; puzzling over their names and how to care for them?

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Jul 15, 2014

Curious succulent -- like a weird mini-palm tree

I've got some young succulents. They have a thin body near the base and fatten up an inch or two up the trunk. These don't show it, they're too young.

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Jul 15, 2014

Please help!

Honestly, I LOVE this plant more than any other plant I have ever grown! I really would love to learn what kind it is so I can learn more about it!

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Jul 14, 2014

Xeria E-Zine 62 July 2014

Issue 62 of Xeria E-Zine - read all the latest articles about gardening with less water here

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Jul 14, 2014

Opposing leaves, spotted, red fringes with fine jagged edges

The leave groups appear square with opposing leaves alternating North/South, East/West orientations. Leaves are pointed at the tips and are green with

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Jul 14, 2014

What is this plant? Vine-like succulent with pink flowers

The plant is green and has many oblong shaped segments end to end to form the vines, which at this point are about 1-1/2 to 2 feet long. Each segment

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Jul 13, 2014

The Garden at Son Ranch Timber Co - junk plus

The Garden at Son Ranch Timber Co. is a delight - lots of junk, filled with plantings that spill over, lush ferns and lots of trees...

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Jul 12, 2014

Mother of Millions

Mother of Millions, Kalanchoe daigremontiana is one of the most interesting succulents...

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Jul 12, 2014

bizarre plant from a botanist

I got this from a botanist I worked for some years ago. I have since fallen out of touch with him and would love to know more about this bizarre plant.

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