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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!

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 06, 2017

Succulent ID App - find your succulent here

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

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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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Jun 05, 2017

My ghost plant has weird colored patches

Hello! Well a few months ago I got a Graptopetalum paraguayense wich was growing outside in a garden, since then I keep it indoors but I try to put it

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Jun 03, 2017

Succulent Crafts - mosaics, tapestries, topiaries and more

Build your Succulent Crafts to decorate your garden; choose from Sempervivum mosaics, succulent topiaries and much more

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Jun 03, 2017

Pacific Tree Frog, Pseudacris regilla

The Pacific Tree Frog is a common sight in my xeric garden, once you know where to look...

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Jun 01, 2017

How to Grow Echeveria - a few simple rules for the most gorgeous Echeveria ever

How to Grow Echeveria; find out the secrets, tips and hints from a Certified Horticulturist; these plants are some of the most beautiful of all succulent plants...

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Jun 01, 2017

Plant Watering Devices

Here are a few Plant Watering Devices that I use in my Sedum and Succulent Nursery - just because these are drought tolerant plants, doesn't mean they don't need the occasional drink...

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Jun 01, 2017

Sempervivum Breeders; the great experimenters

Sempervivum Breeders through the years have given us so many beautiful varieties; they range from professional plantspeople, to hobbyists, amateurs to nursery owners...

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May 31, 2017

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

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

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May 31, 2017

Succulent Crafts E-Course - find out how to make unique succulent crafts

Enroll now in the Succulent Crafts E-Course - 10 installments of unique and unusual crafts, full tutorials

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May 28, 2017

Massonia's leaves

The leaves on a massonia plant are usually full of small green or purple swellings that help it do something. is there a use for it; it seems like an important

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May 26, 2017

Plant Root System - how plants get their nutrients

The way plants get their nutrients is a miracle - Plant Root System...

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May 24, 2017

Sedum spurium album 'Superbum' - white flowered two row stonecrop

Sedum spurium album 'Superbum' is one of my favorite two row stonecrops; bees love it too and flock to the long lasting white flowers when it blooms at the end of June...

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May 23, 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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May 23, 2017

It's About Blooming Time - spring, finally

It's About Blooming Time - spring is here, and gardening may commence; if your winter was unbearably long, you'll enjoy this...

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May 22, 2017

Hearts in The Garden - what's with this shape that we love so much?

Hearts in The Garden - what do you do to show your love? Stone hearts, twigs and even topiary shapes...

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May 22, 2017

Echeveria 'Curlylocks' - frilled, pale turquoise foliage

Echeveria 'Curlylocks' with it's delicious foaming frilled pale turquoise foliage is a delight

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May 19, 2017

climbing hydrangea

I have an OLD climbing hydrangea that has done well climbing, spreading, and surviving. It has NEVER had the first bloom until this year. The vine is nearly

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May 18, 2017

Name of plant

Hi, Greetings, We have a plant in our vicinity here in Calgary. And we don't know the name of this plant. Could you give us any information about this

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May 16, 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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May 16, 2017

feed rhubarb plants?

Is it too late in the season to feed my rhubarb plants?

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May 14, 2017

First time succulent mommy. Paranoid!

Hi! It's my first time working with succulents and I found some things on my crassula that I'm a little worried about. They seem rather healthy, but I

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May 13, 2017

Stapelia - Carrion Flower - gorgeous unusual blooms

Stapelia are a group of plants with unusual, and very smelly, flowers...

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May 11, 2017

Who Should Start Their Own Succulent Plant Business?

Who Should Start Their Own Succulent Plant Business?

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May 09, 2017

Succulent Wedding Flowers - gorgeous, easy, low maintenance

Amaze your wedding guests with your gorgeous Succulent Wedding Flowers; brides bouquets, wedding favors, boutonnieres

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May 09, 2017

What is this succulent?

I can't seem to find out what family this succulent belongs to — it seems very unique. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks!

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May 06, 2017

Your Garden Wedding - the theme is all about the outdoors

Is your wedding dream all about the garden? More on putting together your Garden Wedding...

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May 05, 2017

Succulent Advertising - Online Website Advertising

Online Website Advertising - Succulent Advertising

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May 04, 2017

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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May 01, 2017

Why Should I Start a Succulent Plant Business?

Why Should I Start a Succulent Plant Business? What are the benefits?

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