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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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Mar 31, 2015

Echeveria List A-L - gorgeous 'hens and chicks' - the tender kind

Echeveria List A-L; see if your favorite variety is here; beautiful and interesting succulent plants...

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Mar 31, 2015

Echeveria List M-Z - tender hens and chicks

Some of my favorite Echeveria listed in alphabetical order from M-Z; choose your favorite tender succulent plants

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Mar 31, 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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Mar 30, 2015

Gasteria - warty, strappy strange little long lived succulents

Gasteria are warty, strappy strange little long lived succulents with some unique characteristics to add some texture to your succulent house plant collection...

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Mar 30, 2015

Dowsing for Water - find groundwater with this archaic method

Dowsing for water is an archaic old time method of finding natural underground streams, groundwater or even buried pipes...

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Mar 30, 2015

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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Mar 30, 2015

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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Mar 30, 2015

succulent from my local nursery

This is a succulent I picked up last week from my local nursery. It has a woody thick stem and light green-yellowish waxy pointed leaves. The leaves have

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Mar 29, 2015

Sedum, the versatile and reliable Stonecrop

Sedum is one of the most versatile and reliable of all hardy succulents, and one of the most beautiful garden plants...

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Mar 29, 2015

fleshy green leaf

green serrated leafs with new leaf growth in center of old leaf

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Mar 29, 2015

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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Mar 29, 2015

Puzzle of the Day - Jigsaw puzzles that change daily

Enjoy these great Jigsaw puzzles online - see the Puzzle of the Day here...

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Mar 29, 2015

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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Mar 28, 2015

How to Grow Jovibarba species - allionii, arenaria, hirta & sobolifera

How to Grow Jovibarba species in your rock garden, succulent crafts or topiary; the easiest and most forgiving of all the hardy succulents...

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Mar 28, 2015

Pocket Gardens - jewel like focal points in the xeriscape garden

Pocket Gardens are jewel like focal points in your xeriscape garden; plant them with special plants...

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Mar 28, 2015

Haworthia - the jewels of the succulent world

Find out more about Haworthia; those cute, reliable little aloe-like succulents with unusual markings and traits

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Mar 26, 2015

Groundcovers for Xeriscaping - my favorite low growing plants for dry gardens

Use these Groundcovers for Xeriscaping in your dry landscape. Low maintenance, drought tolerant low growing plants that stay compact and creeping...

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Mar 26, 2015

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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Mar 26, 2015

Kalanchoe species - the more the merrier

There are so many great Kalanchoe species; you have most likely seen them, but may not have recognized them, as there are so many...

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Mar 26, 2015

Orostachys - rare and unusual hardy succulents

Orostachys are a rare and unusual hardy succulent; tough, resilient, and gorgeous...

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Mar 26, 2015

How to Prune Succulents - learn from a professional horticulturist

Learn How to Prune Succulents from a professional horticulturist here; step by step instructions, tips and techniques...

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Mar 26, 2015

Propagation Tools - the right tools to make more plants

The right Propagation Tools make your job of growing more plants much easier; sharp, easy to clean, and professional knives, pruners and scissors are the way to go...

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Mar 24, 2015

Succulent Balls; Sempervivum globes, orbs; wire garden spheres

Build Succulent Balls to display some of my favorite succulents; hardy succulents such as Sedum and Sempervivum thrive...

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Mar 24, 2015

Succulent Sphere; wire garden spheres filled with succulents - how lovely!

Make a Succulent Sphere; make your own globes or orbs planted with Sempervivum & succulents for a unique garden craft; simple to make and plant...

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Mar 24, 2015

Xeric Garden Birds - feathered pest control

Xeric Garden Birds are always present in my garden; migratory songbirds visit and nest, lots of others are year round residents; all are welcome in my Xeric Garden...

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Mar 24, 2015

Succulent identification

I have a similar succulent as shows in the picture at home . I've been searching everywhere to find it's name so I can do more research on my succulent's

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Mar 23, 2015

Round flat-leaved succulent

Rosette

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Mar 23, 2015

Build a Patio - DIY paving block or flagstone patio

Build a Patio with your own diy paving blocks for a unique and charming addition to your garden...

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Mar 23, 2015

How to Grow Lithops - cultivating Pebble Plants and Living Stones

How to Grow Lithops; those fascinating Pebble Plants and Living Stones; just because they look like rocks, don't let that fool you...

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Mar 23, 2015

More Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery

More Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery of these plants identity is solved, and they now have a name; this is the best way to find out how to take care of them...

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Mar 23, 2015

Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery

Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery of these plants identity is solved, and they now have a name; this is the best way to find out how to take care of them...

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Mar 23, 2015

Faux Driftwood Moss Garden - the final result

Faux Driftwood Moss Garden - these flat dish like planters are getting their facelift, after a winter of weathering...

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Mar 22, 2015

Sedum Plant List - find your favorite stonecrop here

Finding your favorite Sedum plant is a challenge; there are so many to choose from; tall, short creeping, blue foliage, green with white flowers...

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Mar 22, 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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Mar 22, 2015

Flower Garden Plans - ideas & inspiration for your flowering paradise

Flower Garden Plans will include plants for butterflies and bees, and attract pollinators and human visitors...

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Mar 22, 2015

Low Maintenance Landscaping - save your sanity and your back

Low Maintenance Landscaping; less care, more beauty with easy techniques...

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Mar 22, 2015

Can you help identify this succulent?

I am not sure what type of succulent this is. It has flat round leaves growing close together at the base and a long thin stem with small clusters of

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Mar 21, 2015

Unknown succulent with pink/green leaves

I bought this succulent at a florist and it did not have any tags on it. At the bottom the leaves are green and at the top purple/pink. The leaves are

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Mar 19, 2015

Create a Dream Rustic Wedding - Think Outside the Box

Create a Dream Rustic Wedding that your guests will rave about; keep it simple and classic, and outside the box...

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Mar 19, 2015

Sempervivum Wall - a vertical textural tapestry of plants

Build a Sempervivum Wall to display these textural plants vertically for an eye popping focal point

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Mar 19, 2015

Butterfly Garden Plan - attract those beautiful garden creatures

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

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Mar 17, 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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Mar 17, 2015

Volunteer Succulent Growing in Boulder crack

I discovered this little succulent growing wild in a hidden place on our property. It was growing out of a boulder in a pine grove. It gets some sun

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Mar 17, 2015

Wrinkly leaves

I am pretty sure I have a Aeonium kiwi. I had baby plants growing from the stem and gently pulled them off. I let them dry and then planted them.

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Mar 16, 2015

Unknown tender succulent with pink flowers

Blue green succulent with stalky leaves on a branch with pink flowers. I took a clipping off of some potted succulents on tables at a restaurant off

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Mar 16, 2015

Please, in need of a name!

I have a thin pencil like succulent that hangs down and has tiny hairs on it. It blooms white tiny flowers and is not a Hoya Linearis. Please help! Thank

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Mar 15, 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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Mar 14, 2015

Water Capture - rain water harvest

Harvesting rainwater with your Water Capture system will give you clean, non-mineralized and naturally softened water for your garden; with climate change it's time to learn how

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Mar 13, 2015

Sempervivum Picture Gallery R-Z

This Sempervivum Picture Gallery shows species and varieties alphabetically from R-Z; rich, lush textural foliage and colors...how fascinating and awe inspiring...

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