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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!

Aug 28, 2015

Fairy Gardens - intriguing little miniature landscapes

Are you as intrigued with Fairy Gardens as the rest of the world? These tiny landscapes fascinate and amaze us...

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Aug 25, 2015

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

Starting Your Own Succulent Plant Business doesn't have to be a steep learning curve; get yours started now with this training manual...

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Aug 25, 2015

Succulent Identification Archive 1

Succulent Identification Archive 1

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Aug 21, 2015

Green Roofs Around the World - a geographic perspective

Green Roofs Around the World - a geographic perspective...

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Aug 21, 2015

Green Roofs in Portugal - hot and bright conditions on clay tiles

Green Roofs in Portugal - the dry and bright conditions on the clay tile roofs are perfect for adaptive plants...

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Aug 20, 2015

Fairy Garden Supplies - what you'll need to build your miniature landscape

Building a miniature landscape? Get your Fairy Garden Supplies here...

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Aug 18, 2015

Drought Smart Strategies - the many ways plants are drought tolerant

Drought Smart Strategies; the many ways that plants fight drought; how to help your plants survive...

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Aug 17, 2015

Fall Garden Plants - my choices for drought tolerance and colour

Here are some good choices for Fall Garden Plants - drought tolerant and colorful...

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Aug 12, 2015

Panty Hose Succulent Wreaths

Make a Succulent Wreath out of Panty Hose - why not?

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Aug 11, 2015

New Sedum for my collection - an up to date listing

This is a list of all New Sedum that join my ever growing collection of Drought Smart Plants; they will only join this exclusive list after successfully overwintering in my xeric garden...

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Aug 11, 2015

Miniature Moss Garden - a tiny dry streambed, less than a foot square

This Miniature Moss Garden is a dry creekbed in small scale; it's got rocks in a stream across the mossy glade, and a spectacular mossy rock as an accent...

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Aug 11, 2015

Miniature Japanese Garden - a bowl, some moss and a rock

Make your own Miniature Japanese Garden; take one rustic rock, a hypertufa bowl, some moss, mix well and enjoy

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Aug 10, 2015

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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Aug 09, 2015

DIY Koi Pond Filter - cheap and quick way to clean the water in your pond

Here's a simple way to build a DIY Koi Pond Filter - easily accessible materials, quick to make...

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Aug 06, 2015

Gnats on Succulent Plants - get those pesky flies off!

Got gnats on your succulent plants? Get rid of them, now...

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Aug 04, 2015

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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Aug 04, 2015

Garden Quotes - funny, punny, witty and whimsical

Paint a Garden Quote on a garden sign - what's your favorite; funny, witty whimsical or punny?

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Aug 02, 2015

Naming of Plants; how plants get their names; botanical Latin

The Naming of Plants is complicated, fascinating and fun; learning where all those tongue twisting botanical Latin names comes from is intriguing...

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Aug 02, 2015

21 Unique Succulent Planters - Summer Ideas

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

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Jul 31, 2015

Getting Started - see these pages about succulents first

Overwhelmed and baffled at all the information about succulents? See these pages first; Getting Started doesn't have to be difficult...

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Jul 31, 2015

Butterfly Garden Plan - how to attract those beautiful garden insects

Butterfly Garden Plan - start with the basic design, build onto it with beauty, stand back and admire...

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Jul 29, 2015

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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Jul 28, 2015

Sanseveria - Snake Plant, or Mother In Laws Tongue

The Sanseveria, once so popular as a strikingly vertical accent was lost, but now has been rediscovered

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Jul 27, 2015

Succulent Plant Pests - insects, pests and diseases; learn how to prevent damage

Succulent Plant Pests may find your succulents tasty and, well, succulent

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Jul 25, 2015

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

Here's a short list of What Not To Do With Your Succulents - no matter how bad they are...

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Jul 25, 2015

what is it

my brothers plant

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Jul 24, 2015

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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Jul 23, 2015

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 22, 2015

Need some out of the box Container Garden Ideas?

Need some out of the box Container Garden Ideas? Here is a roundup of some for you - get started!

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Jul 21, 2015

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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Jul 21, 2015

Fairy Garden Furniture - tiny accessories for miniature landscapes

Fairy Garden Furniture - there are lots of options; diy some tiny accessories for your miniature landscapes, or buy them ready made...

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Jul 15, 2015

Xeria E-Zine 74 July 2015

Xeria Issue 74 - July 2015

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Jul 06, 2015

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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Jul 04, 2015

Succulent Care - light, soil and cultivation requirements

Succulent Care tips and instructions for caring for succulents; how to grow your favorite plants successfully...

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Jul 02, 2015

How to Grow Echeveria - a few simple rules for the most gorgeous Echeveria ever

How to Grow Echeveria; find out the secrets, tips and hints from a Certified Horticulturist; these plants are some of the most beautiful of all succulent plants...

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Jul 02, 2015

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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Jul 01, 2015

Succulents for Sale - see them, buy them!

If you are looking for Succulents for Sale, buy them here...I dare you to resist...

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Jul 01, 2015

Lovely, but sadly unidentified, present

So my mum was kind enough to remember my love for succulents and bought me this lovely fella. The only problem is, he's very generic, and I'm not sure

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Jun 28, 2015

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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Jun 28, 2015

Echeveria Flowering - the most beautiful blooms

When you see an Echeveria Flowering, you'll gasp in awe - they are so beautiful as a flowering succulent...

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Jun 28, 2015

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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Jun 24, 2015

Succulent Planters - use these great mix & match succulent plants

Succulent Planters with interesting combinations and textures of many succulent plants...

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Jun 24, 2015

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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Jun 22, 2015

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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Jun 22, 2015

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 22, 2015

Replaced our lawn with thyme.

When we decided to convert to a grass free lawn in front of our house, we knew nothing about ground covers or drought smart plants. We bought eight or

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Jun 21, 2015

Gardening and Landscaping Books in my Library

Gardening and Landscaping Books in my Library; reviews about my favorite garden, landscape and plant books...

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Jun 20, 2015

Sedum spathufolium 'Purpureum'; mealy purple foliaged stonecrop

Sedum spathufolium 'Purpureum' is a larger version of the native Sedum spathufolium; purple tinged foliage that changes with the seasons; great ground cover plant for xeric gardens and rockeries

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Jun 20, 2015

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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