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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!

May 25, 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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May 25, 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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May 25, 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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May 25, 2015

STAR PLANT

I DO NOT KNOW WHAT NAME IS, BUT IT IS BEAUTIFUL

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May 23, 2015

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora - the Flapjacks Plant

Growing Kalanchoe thyrsiflora in your succulent collection adds height and drama; there are no lightweight and dainty plants here...

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May 23, 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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May 20, 2015

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' - the diminutive and sweet Elfin thyme

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'; the most compact and adorable of all thyme varieties; make a thyme lawn or use it to soften and drape

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May 20, 2015

Xeric Garden Wildlife - the wild creatures in my garden

Xeric Garden Wildlife are secretive and shy; invite them in to your haven for a safe home to raise their young...

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May 20, 2015

10 Best Xeric Plants - choose these for your xeriscaping

10 Best Xeric Plants; reliable, tough and versatile, these perennials for the xeriscape garden add good bones to the garden...

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May 20, 2015

Plants for Hummingbirds - attract flying jewels to your garden

Grow some of these best Plants for Hummingbirds in your garden, and draw in the flying jewels to visit and amuse with their flashing colors and bombastic activities...

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May 19, 2015

The Mexican Strawberry Pot - well loved and often planted

That old Mexican Strawberry Pot is one of the most loved and often planted containers for succulents

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May 19, 2015

Clematis species; who knew they were so tough?

Who would have guess that Clematis species were so tough and reliable? They look as though a stiff breeze would break them into a million pieces...

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May 19, 2015

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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May 19, 2015

Sedum Root Over Rock Bonsai - not your every day bonsai

Sedum is not your first choice of bonsai material, but check out this Sedum Root Over Rock Bonsai - it's amazing...

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May 19, 2015

Starting Seeds - the winter sow method

Starting Seeds and growing your own plants from seed is a fascinating and fun journey; learn how to start your own hybrids and species of many garden plants...

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May 18, 2015

Japanese Garden Plants - juniper, moss and pine

Japanese Garden Plants are gleaned from a palette of old classic favorites; juniper, moss and pine, and of course other perennial plants like grasses and iris are some great choices...

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May 17, 2015

Plant Collecting Tools; don't leave the house empty handed

Keep your Plant Collecting Tools handy, and ready at a moments notice for any trip that may include a garden; pruners for taking a few cuttings, plastic bags to keep them in...

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May 17, 2015

Nectar Corridor - how to attract pollinators, predators & beneficials

Your Nectar Corridor will magnetically attract butterflies, beneficial insects and pollinators to your xeriscape garden...

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May 17, 2015

Pocket Gardens - jewel like focal points in the xeriscape garden

Pocket Gardens are jewel like focal points in your xeriscape garden; plant them with special plants...

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May 17, 2015

Irrigation Tools for the Sedum and Succulent Nursery

Here are a few Irrigation Tools 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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May 16, 2015

Succulent Pictures - buy photos and images of succulents

Learn how to take the best Succulent Pictures for record keeping and pest control - and don't forget to share your own pictures - brag it up!

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May 14, 2015

Tundra Plants - plants that take challenging conditions in stride

Tundra Plants can take on challenging conditions; they are perfectly adapted to cold, drought and temperature fluctuations that would kill any less hardy plant

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May 10, 2015

Xeriscape Design - planning your drought tolerant garden

Xeriscape Design; the best drought tolerant plants, combined with dry landscaping and permaculture strategies giving you the lush gorgeous garden you've always dreamed of...

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May 09, 2015

Hardy Orchids of British Columbia - fragile, yet tough wildflowers

The Hardy Orchids of British Columbia are amazing, varied and tough; their fragile appearance can fool you into believing they're not able to withstand drought...

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May 09, 2015

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' - one of the most popular Stonecrop varieties

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is one of the best known taller stonecrops for xeriscaping; large flowers top pale green foliage through the late summer, and stand tall through the winter

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May 09, 2015

Soil Cement - making soil into patio pavers, garden crafts and more

Use Soil Cement to make customized patio blocks and garden crafts; make a patio seating area, focal point or path...

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May 09, 2015

Green Roof Soil - pros and cons; engineered soil or micorrhizal soil

Green Roof Soil is more than just something to anchor your plants, it's an essential part of building a sustainable green roof...

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May 07, 2015

Sedum and Succulent Nursery - growing my favorite plants

My Sedum and Succulent Nursery is full of hardy Sedum, Sempervivum and Jovibarba which are perfectly adapted to growing in Canadian gardens...

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May 06, 2015

Bog Gardens - your very own marsh in miniature

Bog Gardens; your very own marsh in miniature; wetlands for wildlife...

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May 06, 2015

Making a Japanese Garden - some symbolic classic styles

Making a Japanese Garden relies on a few unique symbolic styles; cloud pruning of junipers and pines, special rocks and stones, and moss are all characteristic in the Japanese garden style...

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May 06, 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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May 05, 2015

Your HOA and Xeriscaping - Lobby for your ideal landscaping

Change the covenant of your Home Owners Association and get them to allow (happily and eagerly) Xeriscaping...

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May 05, 2015

Succulent Tower; a craft for large spaces; great in a public display

If you've got lots of room, why not make a Succulent Tower? This incredible craft was designed and displayed by the horticulture team at Calgary Zoo...

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May 05, 2015

Succulent Topiary - wire frames filled with lush succulents

Make your very own Succulent Topiary filled with lush succulent plants for an eye popping garden display

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May 04, 2015

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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May 04, 2015

Xeriscaping with Succulents E-Book - create your carefree garden

Buy the Xeriscaping with Succulents E-Book and create your no-maintenance paradise

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May 04, 2015

What's blooming this week?

Find out what's blooming in other gardens this week - time goes so fast!

Find out What's Blooming

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May 04, 2015

What's blooming this week?

Find out what's blooming in other gardens this week - time goes so fast!

Find out What's Blooming

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May 04, 2015

Growing Moss - getting it started

Encouraging moss to grow is easy; it just takes time. Here are some ways to get it going faster...

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May 03, 2015

Sedum Plant List - find your favorite stonecrop here

Finding your favorite Sedum plant is a challenge; there are so many to choose from; tall, short creeping, blue foliage, green with white flowers...

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May 03, 2015

Haworthia - the jewels of the succulent world

Find out more about Haworthia; those cute, reliable little aloe-like succulents with unusual markings and traits

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May 03, 2015

Echeveria - gorgeous tender succulents for containers & landscaping

Grow Echeveria, some of the most beautiful and varied tender succulents in containers, patio planters and garden displays; tender succulent plants with classic good looks...

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May 03, 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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May 03, 2015

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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May 03, 2015

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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May 02, 2015

Xeric Garden Soil - soil types, or how to improve on nature

What is your Xeric Garden Soil? Do you know? Find out what the best kind of soil for your xeriscape gardening is here...

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May 02, 2015

Zen Garden Design - serenity, peace and meditation

Your Zen Garden Design will create a serene, tranquil and peaceful setting for meditation, yoga and relaxation

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May 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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May 02, 2015

Rock Retaining Wall - nooks, crannies & niches for hardy succulents

Build a Rock Retaining Wall, and make your hardy succulents extremely happy; perfect drainage and warmth from the rocks provide ideal conditions for hardy succulents and wildlife alike...

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