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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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Oct 24, 2014

Echeveria elegans - the Mexican hens and chicks

Echeveria elegans is one of the most renowned species, known also as Mexican hens and chicks or Mexican rose, which it definitely resembles

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Oct 24, 2014

Dolomite Lime - change the pH of your soil, and add calcium at the same time

Add Dolomite Lime to your soil for a natural way to change the pH; add calcium at the same time...

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Oct 24, 2014

Euphorbia - strange & dangerous succulent plants

Euphorbia; strange, dangerous succulents; spiny, contorted and crested, these interesting and unique plants are surprisingly easy to grow; but watch out for their poisonous sap

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Oct 24, 2014

Succulent/Cactus with thin pads growing off of a central stalk

This plant is about 3' tall and looks like it will get taller still. The stalk is round and about 1 in diameter. New growth is green, older stalk

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Oct 23, 2014

Planting; a guide to your gardening success

Planting is one of those tasks that seems simple, and then when your plants die, you realize that it's the most important thing to do right, for a successful garden

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Oct 23, 2014

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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Oct 23, 2014

Senecio; daisy flowers on succulent stems and leaves - interesting!

The genus Senecio contains some very unique and beautiful plants, well worth adding to your collection. If you don't already have chalksticks, Vertical Leaved Senecio and others, get started now

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Oct 23, 2014

Hoya - the wax plant or wax flower

Hoya is known as the wax plant or wax flower for good reason; the flowers look exactly like they are made out of wax

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Oct 21, 2014

Drip Irrigation Systems - water conservation tips

Drip Irrigation Systems are a way to deliver water directly to your plants roots; water conservation is an important feature of every garden and landscape

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Oct 20, 2014

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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Oct 18, 2014

Why is my Succulent dying? and what can I do about it?

Why is my Succulent dying; and what can I do about it; common causes of plant hysterics and problems

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Oct 18, 2014

Trough Gardens - hypertufa troughs for alpine plants and hardy succulents

Trough Gardens; rustic home for precious alpine plants and hardy succulents; whether it's hypertufa, or a real stone sink, a trough garden will fascinate and delight

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Oct 18, 2014

A Different Type of Flowers E-Book - Photo Handbook and Guide

Find out all about Different Type of Flowers in the e-book; a photo handbook and guide to the form and function of flowers

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Oct 18, 2014

Find your Craft Tutorials here, all on one page

Craft Tutorials give you detailed tips and instructions; seeing pictures of crafts in process really helps...

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Oct 16, 2014

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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Oct 15, 2014

Xeria E-Zine 65 October 2014

Xeria Issue 65 October 2014

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Oct 15, 2014

Four new succulents???! What kind?!

I picked up these sweeties today and was having such a good conversation with my local nursery worker, I neglected to ask for their true names. Can anyone

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Oct 15, 2014

Need help identifying three succulents for determination of safety around pets

Hello, I received this beautiful pot of succulents as a gift and have no experience with them. The plants have done great outside all spring and summer.

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Oct 12, 2014

Is this Echeveria?

This was given to me as a gift and I'm not sure how to care for it! It appears healthy but the long stems have the pot looking bare. Once I know what it

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Oct 11, 2014

Garden Mistakes - or, those things I wish I hadn't done...

Here's just few of my Garden Mistakes - don't make the same ones, learn from my errors in judgement...

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Oct 11, 2014

What type of succulent is this?

This succulent is growing really fast and it seems like it is about to flower. Any ideas of what is is called?

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Oct 10, 2014

Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic - rustic garden crafts

Here's a different way to grow succulents - in this Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic...

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Oct 10, 2014

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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Oct 09, 2014

Butterfly Food - caterpillar host plants are important too

Butterfly food is not just flowers; the caterpillars need host plants to eat until they change into adult butterflies; provide many different garden plants and butterflies will flock to your garden...

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Oct 09, 2014

How to Grow Jovibarba heuffelii - growing huffies in your garden

How to Grow Jovibarba heuffelii; the other hens and chicks - odd and unusual hardy succulents that resemble Sempervivum, with a twist...

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Oct 09, 2014

Xeric Plants - the crowning glory of your xeriscaping garden

Xeric Plants are drought tolerant, tough and beautiful; find out which are my most recommended for challenging conditions...

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Oct 09, 2014

Autumn in the Xeric Garden - you thought summer color was great...

If you thought the summer color was great, wait until Autumn in the Xeric Garden; it will rip your eyeballs out...

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Oct 09, 2014

Woody trunk with spikes, broad thin leaves

The plants are quite large, with a woody trunk that is brown near the base and green near the tip. Spikes are restricted to the trunk. There are flat,

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Oct 08, 2014

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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Oct 08, 2014

Pruning Succulent Plants - shaping, propagation or disease control

Pruning Succulent Plants; shaping, trimming, propagation or disease control; learn how here...

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Oct 08, 2014

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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Oct 08, 2014

Landscaping with Rocks - from pebbles to boulders

Landscaping with Rocks; everything from pebbles to boulders are great additions in your xeriscape garden; special found stones gleaned from beaches, unique focal points...

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Oct 08, 2014

Graptopetalum - the Ghost Plant of Mexico

Graptopetalum are known as the Ghost Plant of Mexico, due to the pale appearance of the leaves, which is actually caused by a waxy dust called pruinose or bloom...

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Oct 08, 2014

Unknown succulent with sunburn?

This succulent has been in a bowl (with no drainage) with 3 other succulents. I've been modestly watering them when the soil gets dry, however, I was

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Oct 08, 2014

Unknown (probably) succulent!

This green plant has long, thin stems with flat, smooth-edged leaves attached. There appears to be thin, tan stringy hairs coming from the plant, also.

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Oct 08, 2014

hot pink with purple flowers

I have a hot pink plant, kind of in the shape of a diamond or oval shape, that has delicate purple flowers and lots of long thin stems growing out of it

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Oct 07, 2014

Natural Gardens - take a page from Mother Natures planting guide

Natural Gardens take a page from Mother Natures planting guide - learn how to place plants in your landscape to mesh perfectly

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Oct 06, 2014

looks kinda like a dwarf Burros Tail, very small

Cant for the life of me figure this one out, looks small, dwarf I would call it. The heads are as big as a dime. Pretty easy to grow.

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Oct 06, 2014

Succulent Mosaic - tapestries & frames planted with textural succulent plants

Build a Succulent Mosaic to display your succulents as wall art - shock and amaze your friends with this fabulous succulent craft...

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Oct 03, 2014

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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Oct 03, 2014

Rejuvenating the Sempervivum Sphere - replacing hens and chicks

After a tough winter, I get going on Rejuvenating the Sempervivum Sphere to refresh and refurbish...

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Oct 03, 2014

Vintage Sink Garden - making beauty out of junk

This Vintage Sink Garden is just one way to celebrate your junk; planted with hardy succulents and displayed in pride of place it's something beautiful made from trash...

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Oct 02, 2014

Succulent Wedding Gallery - ideas, inspiration and innovation

Succulent Wedding Gallery is all things succulent wedding; ideas, inspiration for your unique bridal flowers

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Oct 02, 2014

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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Oct 02, 2014

Low Water Plants - drought tolerant, waterwise landscaping choices

Low Water Plants thrive on little moisture making them the perfect xeriscaping candidates - find out which ones to grow in your garden

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Oct 02, 2014

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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Oct 01, 2014

Five Years in the making - how thyme flies

Five Years in the Making; How Thyme Flies when You're Having Fun...

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Oct 01, 2014

Please help me rescue my sister's plant

This is my sister's plant! Dudley, so named because he doesn't grow. She has had him for 5 + years and there is very little going on. It seems everyone

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Oct 01, 2014

Unknown tubular succulent (Euphorbia?)

Tubular plant with multiple stems originating from common base. Stems have leaves of varying length and will droop down as they increase in length. As

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