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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!

Feb 22, 2017

Miniature Moss Gardens - a book review

Book Review - Miniature Moss Gardens

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Feb 21, 2017

Is salt safe for succulents?

I made some colored sand with salt and chalk shavings. I am pretty sure the chalk is ok, but is the salt ok? I just want to use the sand for decorating

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Feb 21, 2017

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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Feb 21, 2017

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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Feb 20, 2017

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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Feb 19, 2017

Succulents E-Book Bundle - two companion digital downloads

Get two digital downloads - the Succulents E-Book Bundle...

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Feb 18, 2017

Succulent Care E-Book - How to Care For Succulents

Your Guide to Healthy Succulents - Succulent Care E-Book...

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Feb 15, 2017

Hypertufa Gardening - ways to give your garden the edge

There is no denying it; Hypertufa Gardening is a lot of fun, both to make the pots and containers, and to display them...

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Feb 14, 2017

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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Feb 14, 2017

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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Feb 14, 2017

Pruning Succulent Plants - shaping, propagation or disease control

Got top heavy succulents? Pruning Succulent Plants isn't difficult - let me teach you...

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Feb 14, 2017

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

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

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Feb 13, 2017

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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Feb 12, 2017

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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Feb 12, 2017

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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Feb 10, 2017

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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Feb 10, 2017

The Case of the Stolen Madagascar Palm

The Case of the Stolen Madagascar Palm...

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Feb 09, 2017

Mini Hypertufa Garden - especially for the fairies

Making a Mini Hypertufa Garden especially for the fairies that hide in your garden; pick some tiny plants to go with it...

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Feb 06, 2017

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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Feb 05, 2017

Seed Propagation - a seed is a tiny plant, in a box with its lunch

Learning Seed Propagation opens a whole new world for making more plants; unlike taking cuttings, growing succulents from seed is a challenge, and so much fun...

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Feb 05, 2017

Plant Guides - how to grow our favorite succulent plants

Plant Guides; how to grow our favorite succulent plants and other special houseplants; learn from a Certified Horticulturist what not to do...

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Feb 05, 2017

A Gravel Garden; more than just landscaping with rocks

A Gravel Garden is more than just a pile of crushed granite, or river rock dumped into your garden; it's a living, breathing and constantly evolving entity...

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Feb 04, 2017

Join the Creative Collective - get your membership

Get your membership in this exclusive tribe - Join the Creative Collective...

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Feb 01, 2017

What fungus grows on trees and which can be produced in agar nutrients?

Hi I am looking for advice on what fungus grows on trees and from that list which fungus can be produced and grown on agar plates . I am doing an experiment

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Jan 29, 2017

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - resource of safe choices

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - a resource of safe choices

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Jan 29, 2017

Succulent Plant Business; how to do it right

Thinking of starting a Succulent Plant Business? Do it right with the guidelines here...

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Jan 29, 2017

Sedum oreganum - chubby, lime green bronze tinted foliage

Sedum oreganum is one of my favorite little ground cover stonecrops; bronze tinted lime green foliage on red stems make this a fresh looking little plant; it's tough and reliable in containers too...

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Jan 29, 2017

too much light?

I'm in a Facebook group where someone posted 2 pix of their sempervivum royanum five weeks apart. She said she uses a grow light. The 1st pic shows a

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Jan 24, 2017

Beautiful Kalanchoe Flapjack dying fast

Hi, I'm sure hoping you can help me save my lovely kalanchoe. It has developed raised black spots all over every one of its leaves and the stem has taken

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Jan 22, 2017

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

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

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Jan 21, 2017

Flower Garden Tips - make yours fabulous

The Best Flower Garden Tips - make yours fabulous with these ideas...

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Jan 21, 2017

Aeonium Flower - a rare occurrence, and bittersweet

A rare occurrence - and bittersweet - an Aeonium Flower...

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Jan 16, 2017

Dry Streambed - the look & feel of a water feature, without the water

A Dry Streambed gives you the look and feel of a water feature, but without the water; it can be a seasonal drainage area, disguised as a focal point

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Jan 16, 2017

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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Jan 15, 2017

Build a Moss Topiary for a centerpiece or display

Moss Topiary are not as difficult as they look, and they'll live and thrive for years without care...

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Jan 14, 2017

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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Jan 12, 2017

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

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

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Jan 12, 2017

Sedum pluricaule - miniature mauve and grey beauty

Sedum pluricaule is one of my favorites; the variable grey blushed mauve foliage is topped with fabulous hot pink blooms in mid summer

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Jan 09, 2017

Green Roofs Around the World - a geographic perspective

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

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Jan 06, 2017

Mediterranean Gardens - sun filled patios, drought tolerant herbs

Mediterranean Gardens copy the feeling that you would get in Italy, Spain or even in Cyprus, with that unbelievable brilliant characteristic light

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Jan 05, 2017

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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Jan 05, 2017

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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Jan 04, 2017

Spotted leaves with tiny baby plants

spear shaped leaves with baby plants around the edges

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Jan 02, 2017

Aloe Succulent Plants - strappy, mottled, spotted, speckled

Aloe Succulent Plants; striped, spotted and speckled collectors dream plants - reliable, textural and drought tolerant...

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Dec 30, 2016

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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Dec 30, 2016

Sedum spathufolium; the straight species

Sedum spathufolium is the straight species and the original type that has spawned a whole lot of other cultivars; hard to miss with the white foliage...

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Dec 29, 2016

Garden Made, by Stephanie Rose - a book review

Garden Made, by Stephanie Rose - a chatty and friendly book to add to your garden book library...

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Dec 28, 2016

planting fountaingrass

I live in central North Carolina. Just recently had 15 large pine trees cut down in front of my house; the stumps are still there. I would like to plant

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Dec 26, 2016

Sedum ewersii - round leaved, sweet little stonecrop

Sedum ewersii with its blue foliage and pink flowers bustles around busily - it's one of the most valued stonecrops for green roofs, and also for special gardens

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Want your succulents to survive the winter?  Learn how to bring them indoors and be happy and healthy with this free e-course;  Fill in your name and email address on the form below to enroll!

Winterizing Succulents E-Course

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

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