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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.

These are new or updated pages; nothing but the most current releases here!

Jul 26, 2016

Containers for Succulents - rustic, classic, rugged, funky or salvaged

Containers for Succulents; rustic salvage planters; sleekly classic urns; funky hypertufa or rugged natural materials; it's all fair game when planting succulents...

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Jul 26, 2016

Moving Succulents - relocate them without hurting them

Moving Succulents - relocate them without hurting them...

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Jul 24, 2016

Stems

Hi how to a make my succulents stronger, ive seen on the Internet the same succulents with strong wood types stems but mine aren't like that.

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Jul 23, 2016

Badly treated Euphorbia Lactea

Hi Jacki, While I was away for 3 weeks I left my plants to the apparently not-so-tender care of my neighbour with strict instructions about watering...or

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Jul 20, 2016

Huernia - the Carrion Flower

Huernia is known as the other Carrion Flower; similar in the niche it inhabits as Stapelia, this plant has a few significant differences

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Jul 20, 2016

Saving Your Own Succulent Seeds - succulent plant propagation

Wanting to grow more succulent plants? Start by Saving Your Own Succulent Seeds and learn how to propagate them...

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Jul 18, 2016

Watering

I have a variety of succulents and cactus .. I am just still a bit stumped on the watering patterns because some are outside and some are inside depending

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Jul 17, 2016

Sedum dasyphyllum; clouds of white flowers on a tiny blue plant

Sedum dasyphyllum is a miniature little Stonecrop, with tiny blue torpedo shaped leaves, covered in clouds of white flowers in June...

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Jul 17, 2016

Black walnut tree

I'm having a problem with vegetables growing near a black walnut tree and was wondering if it was something the tree was shedding or is it the roots taking

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Jul 16, 2016

Growing Moss - getting it started

Encouraging moss to grow is easy; it just takes time. Here are some ways to get it going faster...

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Jul 14, 2016

How to Grow Thyme - best tips for happy, healthy thyme plants

How to Grow Thyme; find out the tips and secrets for successfully growing thyme in your xeriscape garden...

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Jul 13, 2016

Cleaning Sempervivum

I got some soil in my cob web sempervivum. Any tips on removing the soil without ruining the web? I tried a thin paint brush but the webs keep coming apart.

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Jul 09, 2016

10 Best Hardy Succulents for Landscaping; my recommended xeriscaping plants

There are the 10 Best Hardy Succulents for Landscaping; if you're starting out, these are fool proof, iron tough and gorgeous xeriscape plants to start with....

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Jul 09, 2016

Sempervivum - Jewels of the Xeriscape Garden

Sempervivum are hardy succulents that will take your breath away with their beauty, texture and color

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Jul 07, 2016

Choose the Hypertufa Pot that appeals the most and what that says about you...

Your Favorite Hypertufa Pot, and what that says about you - find out your personality trait based on which planter appeals most...

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Jul 06, 2016

Duranta Tree

I have a small Duranta tree and it seems to be losing its flowers and leaving bare branches where there once was beautiful purple flowers. The bumblebees

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Jul 05, 2016

Succulents and Sunshine E-Books

Succulents and Sunshine E-Books - all about our favorite topics...

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Jul 01, 2016

Hummingbird Feeders - attract those little flying jewels

Attract those little flying jewels with Hummingbird Feeders...

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Jun 30, 2016

BUGS! what are they?

I live in NYC and have some chicks & hens growing on my windowsill. Lately I've noticed some of the leaves turning brown and today I spotted some teeny

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Jun 29, 2016

Flowering Succulent Plants - succulent plants with flowers

Flowering Succulent Plants; as if the beauty of the plants themselves wasn't enough, succulent plants with flowers in addition will knock your socks off...

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Jun 28, 2016

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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Jun 25, 2016

Rejuvenating the Sempervivum Sphere - replacing hens and chicks

After a tough winter, I get going on Rejuvenating the Sempervivum Sphere to refresh and refurbish...

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Jun 25, 2016

Propagating Hardy Succulents by Division - simple easy way to make more plants

Learn about Propagating Hardy Succulents by Division; a simple and easy method of making more plants for your garden...

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Jun 25, 2016

Plants for Bees - attract pollinators & beneficial insects for nectar

Some of the best Plants for Bees include those that have both pollen and nectar; attracting bees to your garden is really quite simple; provide nectar, and they will come...

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Jun 24, 2016

Succulent Wedding Favors - delightful little mementos for your wedding guests

Make these Succulent Wedding Favors for your guests to take home as a memento of your special day - they're easy!

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Jun 23, 2016

Jovibarba - the other Hens and Chicks

Add some Jovibarba to your interesting hardy succulent collection; tough, reliable versatile rock garden plants or in succulent crafts

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Jun 20, 2016

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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Jun 20, 2016

Airplant - intriguing and unusual plants that don't even need soil to survive

Grow some of the fascinating and intriguing Airplant - you'll be surprised when you learn about their soil requirement (or lack of it)...

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Jun 18, 2016

Styrofoam Planters - insulated and long lasting, surprisingly

Styrofoam Planters - keep it out of the waste stream...

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Jun 18, 2016

Xeric Gardens - xeriscape landscaping with drought tolerant plants

Create your lush Xeric Gardens with drought tolerant plants; sound impossible? It's not, with a few guidelines and some inspiration...

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Jun 18, 2016

Need replacement for a Mohican Viburnum

I am from a suburb of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Zone 5. I had a Mohican Viburnum that developed root rot after a good 10 years of problem free growth. I

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Jun 18, 2016

Trailing cactus with pink flowers maybe from Philippines

I have seen this beautiful picture of a cactus it trails and has pink flowers on not sure what country it is from maybe Philippines and am looking for

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Jun 17, 2016

Hypertufa Crevice Garden - a trough, with mountain attached

The hypertufa pot was completed in the fall, but now it's time to plant it - how about a Hypertufa Crevice Garden?

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Jun 17, 2016

Echeveria 'Chocolate Ruffles' - the name says it all!

Echeveria 'Chocolate Ruffles'; sounds delicious, doesn't it? The name of this great hybrid says it all - the unusual cocoa colored foliage with frilly edges is quite beautiful...

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Jun 16, 2016

Start Your Own Succulent Plant Business; learn how here...

Start Your Own Succulent Plant Business; growing succulents for profit...

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Jun 15, 2016

Topiary Wedding Centerpieces - add some rustic charm

Choose from rustic to elegant; your perfect Topiary Wedding Centerpieces...

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Jun 14, 2016

Garden Tour of my Xeric Garden; demonstration xeriscaping

Come and have a Garden Tour; see xeriscaping in action with my demonstration gardens; find out which plants thrive in low maintenance situations...

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Jun 14, 2016

Summer Solstice 2014 Garden Tour - The Garden in June

It may be overgrown and lush due to benign neglect, but this is what the garden looks like in June; Summer Solstice 2014 Garden Tour

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Jun 14, 2016

Solstice 2016 - the longest day

Solstice 2016 - celebrate the longest day...

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Jun 13, 2016

Xeric Plants - the crowning glory of your xeriscaping garden

Xeric Plants are drought tolerant, tough and beautiful; find out which are my most recommended for challenging conditions...

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Jun 13, 2016

Water Conservation - our most precious resource - use it wisely

Water Conservation; a precious resource which we have to use wisely by growing succulents and drought tolerant plants in our xeriscape gardens

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Jun 13, 2016

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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Jun 12, 2016

Signs of the Thymes - funny garden sign sayings all about thyme

Signs of the Thymes; funny garden sign sayings all about thyme to paint on rustic garden signs; enjoy!

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Jun 10, 2016

Poisonous Succulent Plants - common sense guidelines for safe succulent growing

Use common sense for growing Poisonous Succulent Plants; here are some guidelines for safe growing

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Jun 08, 2016

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

Enroll now in the Succulent Crafts E-Course - 10 installments of unique and unusual crafts, full tutorials

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Jun 08, 2016

Best Succulent Containers Contest 2016 - enter yours now...

See the Best Succulent Containers Contest 2016 - join in the fun~

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Jun 08, 2016

Carol's Fabulous Strawberry Pot

Carol has given me permission to use her gorgeous pictures of this strawberry pot, complete with the plants spilling out of the holes in the side. This

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Jun 08, 2016

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

Download the Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book and learn the Horticulturists secrets...

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Jun 08, 2016

Succulent Soil - good drainage, happy succulent plants

The right Succulent Soil is the most important part of growing succulent plants; if they don't have good drainage they won't be happy; most succulent plants like a lean soil...

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Winterizing Succulents E-Course

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - click here to sign up...

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