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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!

Dec 06, 2016

Sedum spathufolium 'Capo Blanco' - pale and ghostly, but gorgeous stonecrop

Sedum spathufolium 'Capo Blanco' is the palest stonecrop anywhere, in some seasons appearing totally white...

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Dec 05, 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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Dec 05, 2016

What Not To Do With Your Succulents - some things that just shouldn't be

What Not To Do With Your Succulents - no matter how bad they are...

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Dec 05, 2016

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' - one of the most popular Stonecrop varieties

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is one of the best known taller stonecrops for xeriscaping; large flowers top pale green foliage through the late summer, and stand tall through the winter

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Dec 04, 2016

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

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

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Dec 04, 2016

Succulent Topiary - wire frames filled with lush succulents

Make your very own Succulent Topiary filled with lush succulent plants for an eye popping garden display

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Dec 03, 2016

10 Best Perennials for Butterflies - choose from these to attract flying flowers

Choose from these 10 Best Perennials for Butterflies, and attract flying flowers to your garden...

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Dec 02, 2016

Courtyard Landscaping - your tiny garden oasis

Courtyard Landscaping should welcome your guests into a tiny garden oasis; as an entry to your dwelling, it is a sheltered area for relaxing, as well as an invitation to enter...

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Dec 01, 2016

Fairy Garden Plants; get in on the miniature landscape craze, plant some

Which are the best Fairy Garden Plants? You may already have some in your garden right now; look for compact growth, tiny leaves, and the ability to take a challenge...

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Nov 29, 2016

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - resource of safe choices

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - a resource of safe choices

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Nov 29, 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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Nov 27, 2016

Hardy Succulents; tough and reliable in cold winter climates

Grow the Hardy Succulents that I recommend in your garden; you'll be amazed at their toughness, and beauty...

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Nov 27, 2016

Aeonium - rare, beautiful and unusual succulents for the connoisseur

Grow some Aeonium; rare beautiful succulents for the connoisseur and the novice grower alike; choose from gemlike Kiwi Aeonium, to the brash and bold Schwartzkopf...

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Nov 26, 2016

Potager Gardens - all the ingredients for soup in one lush, lovely garden

Lush, lovely Potager Gardens; imagine picking all the ingredients for a nourishing soup right from your garden; scented herbs, parterres of flowers and vegetables

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Nov 25, 2016

Sedum kamschaticum, the Russian Stonecrop

Sedum kamschaticum is the Russian Stonecrop, originating in the Ural Mountains - that should be an indication of how tough this great plant is; cold hardy, compact and colorful...

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Nov 24, 2016

Unknown Succulent cutting

This little guy came from a large full plant of which I took a cutting out of interest as all it said was 'Succulent'. He grows from a stem which is red/brown

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Nov 24, 2016

Bromeliads - odd and unusual and intriguing plants

Bromeliads are a group of plants that have some unique strategies for survival in a jungle environment (like your house)...

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Nov 20, 2016

How do I draw and Illistrate the three Cutting types ?

So Basically I have to draw three drawings Semi Ripe Soft Stem Hardwood Could someone show what they should look like and what notes need to be provided.

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Nov 19, 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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Nov 19, 2016

What is your mystery Succulent? Succulent Plant Identification

The correct Succulent Plant Identification will help you to look after your plants and make them thrive; ask here what on earth your succulents are...

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Nov 18, 2016

Succulent ID App - find your succulent here

Succulent ID App - the handy little application for any device...

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Nov 18, 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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Nov 18, 2016

Sedum spurium 'John Creech' - compact, clump forming little stonecrop

Sedum spurium 'John Creech' is one of the most well mannered of the whole tribe; compact clump forming little stonecrops like this are uncommon and welcome in my xeric garden...

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Nov 17, 2016

Rock Gardens - crevice gardens, cliffs and screes

Rock Gardens filled with exquisite and tiny alpine plants, miniature ground covers and rocks to make it look like a mountain side have fascinated gardeners for ages...

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Nov 16, 2016

Succulent Plants Miscellaneous - varied, short, tall, warty, waxy, fuzzy & tough

More Succulent Plants for the beginner or the avid collector; find out about some of my favorite types of succulent plants to add to your collection...

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Nov 15, 2016

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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Nov 15, 2016

Help identifying my lovely succulent

Hello- I've had a succulent for quite some time and it's a beauty but I've never been able to identify it! I think it's an echevaria but I could be wrong.

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Nov 15, 2016

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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Nov 14, 2016

Cacti and Succulents - modified for drought resistence

Cacti and Succulents are a group of plants that have some incredible adaptations for resisting drought; find out what else...

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Nov 13, 2016

Thymus pseudolanuginosus - Woolly Thyme

Thymus pseudolanuniginosus, the woolly thyme is hard to resist; looking just like a pale blue green Shetland sweater, it flows down steps in a soft wave and makes a textural thyme lawn

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Nov 13, 2016

Question on Rooting Medium

I have this question on my work sheet and the words just throw me State Three Characteristics of a rooting medium in cuttings

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Nov 13, 2016

Rain Chain - beautify your rain water harvesting system

A Rain Chain is one way to make your rain water harvesting system beautiful; make your own with some thrift store finds or rustic salvage for a unique garden accent

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Nov 12, 2016

Compost Tea - the magical economical fertilizer brew

Learn how to make Compost Tea; nutrient rich fertilizer, natural ingredients brewed for the best fastest acting plant food

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Nov 12, 2016

Propagating Jovibarba heuffelii - one of those weird hardy succulent types

If you're a big fan of some different types of succulents, you'll want to know more about Propagating Jovibarba heuffelii - they are very different and unique...

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Nov 12, 2016

Small round "peas" on threadlike vines!

Just as above...small round peas on threadlike vines! What is this?? I love this little plant!

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Nov 12, 2016

star like flower

It has thick spikes and a flower that opens into a star like shape. The edges of the stalks have round bumps on the edges. Drought Smart Plants reply:

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Nov 12, 2016

leaf cuttings of echeveria black knight

Hi I am an unqualified gardener & been gardening for nearly 45yrs. I live in Australia at a place called the Riverland which has hot dry summers average

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Nov 11, 2016

Fire Smart Gardening - reduce your wildfire risk now

Learn some Fire Smart Gardening techniques and stop your home from being a victim of wildfires; choose garden plants, and minimize fuels

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Nov 10, 2016

Container Gardening Soil - water retentive, yet well drained

Getting the right Container Gardening Soil...

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Nov 09, 2016

Sedum spurium 'Dragons Blood' - deepest red creeping Sedum

Sedum spurium 'Dragons Blood' is one of the deepest red creeping Stonecrops

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Nov 09, 2016

Why Should I Start a Succulent Plant Business?

Why Should I Start a Succulent Plant Business? What are the benefits?

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Nov 08, 2016

Peperomia - classic favorites for terrarium plantings

Peperomia are a genus of a wide variation of interesting, textured and easy going succulent house plants

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Nov 07, 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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Nov 07, 2016

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' - the diminutive and sweet Elfin thyme

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'; the most compact and adorable of all thyme varieties; make a thyme lawn or use it to soften and drape

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Nov 06, 2016

Succulent Identification Archive 3

Succulent Identification Archive 3

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Nov 06, 2016

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora - the Flapjacks Plant

Growing Kalanchoe thyrsiflora in your succulent collection adds height and drama; there are no lightweight and dainty plants here...

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Nov 05, 2016

Cactus Garden Design - my new cactus garden

The process of my Cactus Garden Design; planning my new cactus garden, and building the Boot Hill rock and cactus display...

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Nov 05, 2016

Xeric Garden Wildlife - the wild creatures in my garden

Xeric Garden Wildlife are secretive and shy; invite them in to your haven for a safe home to raise their young...

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Nov 05, 2016

Hardy Orchids of British Columbia - fragile, yet tough wildflowers

The Hardy Orchids of British Columbia are amazing, varied and tough; their fragile appearance can fool you into believing they're not able to withstand drought...

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Winterizing Succulents E-Course

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