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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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Jun 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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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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Jun 17, 2015

Lava Rocks - unique, rustic, natural planters

Lava Rocks are produced by the very earth itself; natural, rustic and very unique planters for hardy succulents...

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Jun 16, 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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Jun 15, 2015

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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Jun 15, 2015

Grow Lights - supplemental light sources for succulent plants

Grow Lights give your succulents the light they need to be healthy and happy throughout the winter months, or for those challenging conditions in your dwelling or office

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Jun 15, 2015

Succulent Care - light, soil and cultivation requirements

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

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Jun 15, 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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Jun 15, 2015

Mulching - best mulches for weed control & soil moisture

Mulching is one of the best ways to control weeds and also retain soil moisture; for xeriscapers this is a no brainer...

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Jun 13, 2015

Succulents for Sale - buy them online for quick delivery

If you are looking for Succulents for Sale, buy them here...

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Jun 13, 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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Jun 11, 2015

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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Jun 11, 2015

Country Wedding Themes - ideas for a western wedding

Here are some ideas for Country Wedding Themes - will yours be a wedding with a western flavor?

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Jun 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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Jun 11, 2015

Miniature Castle Garden; ruins are romantic even in tiny scale

Small scale landscapes are fascinating; this Miniature Castle Garden is a perfect example...

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Jun 11, 2015

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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Jun 11, 2015

Crassula Bonsai - make a charming tiny tree from your Jade Plant

Crassula Bonsai are a new twist on an ancient art; training tiny trees to emulate the way nature makes them is easy using jade plants...

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Jun 11, 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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Jun 11, 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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Jun 11, 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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Jun 10, 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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Jun 10, 2015

Types of Succulents; chubby, spikey, textured, smooth

Textured, smooth, chubby, spikey; there are all Types of Succulents to choose from...

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Jun 10, 2015

10 Best Succulents for Beginners - easy, low maintenance & beautiful succulents

Have instant success with these 10 Best Succulents for Beginners; easy and most successful types of succulents

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Jun 10, 2015

Succulent Wedding - are you ready for yours?

Your Succulent Wedding will delight and amaze your guests; these are the most flexible and accommodating plants to use, and they look just like flowers

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Jun 10, 2015

Tender Succulent Plants - those fabulous fat plants

Tender Succulent Plants; Drought Smart Plants with Attitude; if your addiction is just getting off the ground, or well under way, this is information just for you...

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Jun 09, 2015

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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Jun 08, 2015

Heart-Shaped Leaves

Please help me identify my plant! It has thick dark green leaves that are heart-shaped. two leaves branch out close to the stem at a time, one on opposite

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Jun 08, 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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Jun 06, 2015

Root Planters - unique rustic garden crafts to display hardy succulents

Root Planters; use roots and stumps to make unique rustic containers for hardy succulents...

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Jun 06, 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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Jun 04, 2015

I have a succulent I've had for MANY years but this is the first year it's ever bloomed

It's branches look sort of like a pickles but cactus like notches. The buds remind me of Audry, the plant from little shop of horrors. When it opens

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Jun 04, 2015

lawn bunny

Two years ago I created a giant bunny on my front lawn. It's 20 feet long & 8' 4 to the tip of the tallest ear. The base consists of several large

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Jun 03, 2015

Ask the Horticulturist - go on, ask me your question about plants!

Ask the Horticulturist your questions about plants and gardening; if you have a query about a plant problem here is the place to ask; yes, I am a Certified Horticulturist

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Jun 03, 2015

Vegetative Propagation - make more plants with cuttings

Make more plants with Vegetative Propagation; the magic of rooting plants from cuttings; succulent plants can be propagated with a single leave, or a stem cutting...

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Jun 02, 2015

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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Jun 02, 2015

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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Jun 01, 2015

Hypertufa - playing with mud

Use Hypertufa to create some unusual garden crafts and unique rugged and rustic planters to display planted with your favorite tiny hardy succulents, or alpines...

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Jun 01, 2015

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 01, 2015

Hypertufa Trough - alpine plants and hardy succulents

Plant your Hypertufa Trough with some special alpine plants, hardy succulents and of course; a special stone...

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