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The Drought Smart Plants Blog...

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!

Jul 25, 2017

Peperomia - classic favorites for terrarium plantings

Peperomia are a genus of a wide variation of interesting, textured and easy going succulent house plants

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Jul 25, 2017

Shrubs for Xeriscaping - very best hardy shrubs for the dry garden

Shrubs for Xeriscaping are commonly grown in your garden; do you recognize them? Choose from a wide palette of sizes and shapes, textures and colors...

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Jul 22, 2017

Wildflower Identification; what is that gorgeous native plant?

Wildflower Identification is a fascinating journey into native plant gardening; learning what that gorgeous flower is can be the start of a fascinating hobby...

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Jul 21, 2017

Echeveria pulidonis - pink pin stripes on a pretty green species

Echeveria pulidonis is an odd succulent plant; don't let those pretty pink pin stripes fool you; this is one tough cookie...

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Jul 21, 2017

Sedum cyaneum 'Rose Carpet' - celadon green blue foliage, hot pink bee magnet

Sedum cyaneum 'Rose Carpet' is where it all started; my collection was kick started by this little gem of a stonecrop...

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Jul 20, 2017

SPOOKY !

SOMEONE GAVE ME A SEMPERVIVUM PLANT. OUT OF THE CENTER OF THE MANY HENS AND CHICKS IN THIS POT IS A 2-FOOT GIANT STALK WITH LITTLE SPIKY FLOWERS??? GROWING

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Jul 18, 2017

Brown Leaves on Trees

I live in Northeastern South Dakota, 30 miles North east of Watertown SD. Zip code is 57265. I had the county plant trees for me a year ago. We were

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Jul 18, 2017

Succulents Pot Size - how big a pot do they need?

How big a pot do succulent plants need? Succulents Pot Size tips...

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Jul 16, 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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Jul 15, 2017

What Can I do to Save This Plant?

My lovely healthy and happy Chocolate Soldier plant is not doing very well, and I think I may have killed it with kindness. What will save it, and how

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Jul 15, 2017

Can Succulents Recover if Roots are Waterlogged?

I've got a succulent plant that got watered too much when I went away (note to self; don't get a non-gardening neighbor to take care of your plants).

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Jul 15, 2017

Dark green spots on leaves. Bulbous lower stem, near the roots.

It is a small plant. White layer on surface of leaves gives an impression of green spots. Dark green and a mixture of purple on lower leaves. Bulbous lower

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Jul 15, 2017

it looks like a string bean

This plant looks like string beans and almost like a pencil cactus - what is it?

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Jul 15, 2017

Oxalis palmifrons

What an incredibly cool looking plant this is. Neatly fan shaped leaves spread out from a central point, and they fold up at night, opening during the

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Jul 13, 2017

Japanese Rock Garden Pictures - see the slideshow here

Japanese Rock Garden Pictures; see the slideshow of all the greatest Japanese style gardens...

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Jul 12, 2017

Nothing grows here!

I live in the panhandle of Texas Zone 7 . Very dry low humidity and clay soil. I can go out on the prairie and count on one hand the number of trees

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Jul 11, 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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Jul 11, 2017

Light Requirements for Succulents - how bright is bright?

How bright is bright? Light Requirements for Succulents...

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Jul 11, 2017

Succulent ID App - find your succulent here

Succulent ID App - the handy little application for any device...

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Jul 10, 2017

spider webs on gasteria

Many of my succulents have been outside on my covered porch with no problems, but one Gasteria has continually been full of fine spider webs. I've pulled

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Jul 10, 2017

Delosperma - the hardy, drought tolerant Ice Plant

Delosperma is one of the most drought tolerant and hardy ice plants; other plants also share this common name...

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Jul 09, 2017

Romantic Gardens - timelessness and weathered beauty

Romantic Gardens invite you in, and have the sense of timelessness and weathered beauty. Evocative and poignant, they look as though they have existed forever...

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Jul 08, 2017

Rooting Willows; making more Salix from cuttings

Rooting Willows is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to increase your landscape plants; willows, the Salix are beautiful and attract many insects to their pollen...

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Jul 04, 2017

What Tree to Plant after another died from fungus

After my beautiful Japanese Maple died from Verbicillium Wilt I was told not to plant another Japanese maple in the spot as it would die also. And not

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Jul 02, 2017

Crested Echeveria

Echeveria, like all plants, can mutate. Sometimes this creates yet another gorgeous rosette forming succulent, other times something more sinister looking.

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Jul 02, 2017

Crassula 'Goblin Fingers'

This plant has the weirdest leaves. They are tubular, and yes, they do look like Gollums fingers. They're rather spatulate (wider at the top end) and

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Jul 01, 2017

Miniature Bonsai - a book review

A Book Review - Miniature Bonsai...

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Jun 29, 2017

Succulent Plant Propagation - making more plants

Find out all about Succulent Plant Propagation and how to make more of our favorite plants by cuttings, pups and seeds...

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Jun 28, 2017

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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Jun 27, 2017

Early Morning in the Summer Garden - why I am an early riser

Early Morning in the Summer Garden; the scent of the freshness, the cool breeze and birds singing...

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Jun 26, 2017

Succulent Identification Archive 1

Succulent Identification Archive 1

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Jun 25, 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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Jun 22, 2017

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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Jun 21, 2017

Solstice - the longest day

Solstice - celebrate the longest day...

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Jun 17, 2017

How hot is too hot?

I live just east of Phoenix. Today we are at 108 headed to around 120 on Tuesday. Night time temps in the 90's. I'm trying to grow sedums/ succulents

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Jun 15, 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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Jun 15, 2017

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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Jun 14, 2017

Garden Critters; wild and not so wild visitors in your garden

What Garden Critters do you have in your garden? Some wild visitors are nocturnal, sneaking around at night; others are brazen daylight raiders...

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Jun 13, 2017

Sedum griffithsii - native to Arizona, an unusual and very pretty stonecrop

Sedum griffithsii is a native Arizona stonecrop, unusual and very pretty; grow this one amongst stones or rocks to duplicate its native habitat

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Jun 12, 2017

geraniums

My geraniums have huge amounts of foliage but don't want to bloom. How do I make them bloom?

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Jun 12, 2017

10 Best Succulents for Beginners -Which Succulent Should I Get?

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

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Jun 11, 2017

Modular Green Roof - an easy system for a tapestry roof

I built a Modular Green Roof; an easy and quick system for the green roof look, with less work; using modules makes for a seamless way to fix holes and add more plants...

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Jun 11, 2017

Sedum middendorffianum; like a miniature Russian Stonecrop

Sedum middendorffianum seems to me to resemble a miniature Russian Stonecrop more than anything; if you like tiny and delicate, this plant fits the bill...

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Jun 09, 2017

Water E-Course; if you are a gardener, you need to learn about water

Sign up for the Water E-Course and learn about saving water, how to direct it to your valuable garden plants, and how to landscape with less

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Jun 09, 2017

Is this a Plant or a large weed?

I am trying to find out if the attached picture is a plant or a weed.. I just moved in to my home and i am doing some grooming to my landscaping... please

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Jun 08, 2017

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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Jun 07, 2017

Dragon's Backbone Browning

I saw another comment from someone about their Dragon's Backbone turning brown on 1 side of a stem, and mine is doing the same. Is it too much sun, too

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Jun 05, 2017

Water Conservation Facts - wise water use for everyone

Water Conservation Facts to help you prioritize your water use; gardeners, homeowners and municipalities alike need to get together on this important issue...

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Jun 05, 2017

Inquiry into whether Yellow Oleander can be grown in a container

Hi, I belong to the northern part of India, and I reside in an apartment complex. I wanted to know if it'll be suitable to grow a Yellow Oleander tree

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