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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 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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May 01, 2017

Grass has started in my thyme lawn. How do I get rid of it.? Arlene

I began a thyme lawn in Co. about 12 years ago. The last 4 years wild grass has begun to come in. I cannot pull it all (I'm 83). Help. Arlene

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Apr 30, 2017

About Drought Smart Plants and Me - my story in a nutshell

About Drought Smart Plants and Me; the path less traveled, and the bumps and twists and turns along the way...

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Apr 26, 2017

Propagation Turned Brown

I recently tried propagating a succulent and I don't know if something went wrong or not. The 2/3 callouses on my leaves just turned hard and brown,

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Apr 25, 2017

Plant Pests E-book - learn about natural methods of biological pest control

Buy the Plant Pests E-Book here; biological pest control, natural insect repellents...

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Apr 25, 2017

What kind of succulent?

May I know what succulent is this? I bought this at the grocery store and there's no label. It's green colour is just marvelous on my office desk.

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Apr 24, 2017

My Sponsors on Drought Smart Plants

Sponsors on Drought Smart Plants - an important part of the website...

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Apr 23, 2017

The Worst Reason to Buy a Succulent Plant

The Worst Reason to Buy a Succulent Plant...

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Apr 18, 2017

My SBI! Story - A Solo Build It! Review

my SBI! Story - A Site Build It! Review...

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Apr 18, 2017

My New Normal - learning to adapt to my disability

My New Normal - adapting to my disability, and learning that it's not all bad...

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Apr 17, 2017

Rain Chain - beautify your rain water harvesting system

A Rain Chain is one way to make your rain water harvesting system beautiful; make your own with some thrift store finds or rustic salvage for a unique garden accent

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Apr 16, 2017

Sempervivum - Jewels of the Xeriscape Garden

Sempervivum are hardy succulents that will take your breath away with their beauty, texture and color

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Apr 15, 2017

Diatomaceous Earth - tiny fossilized sea creatures

Diatomaceous Earth is one of the best natural pest controls there is; and it's completely safe for the environment, not so much for the bugs in your garden...

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Apr 13, 2017

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

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

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Apr 13, 2017

Mystery plants - maybe kalanchoe

Hi! I'd love your help identifying these lovely plants! The one on the right has a rounded stem and serrated VERY reproductive leaves. I grew it from

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Apr 11, 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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Apr 11, 2017

Learn Xeriscape Gardening - your drought tolerant paradise awaits

Xeriscape Gardening; low water, but lush and beautiful gardens? How is this possible?

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Apr 09, 2017

Desert Plants - succulent, fat & sassy - drought smart plants with attitude

Desert Plants originate in some of the most hostile environments on earth, which explains why they are so tough and reliable; decide if your garden needs some of the hardiest plants in the world...

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Mar 30, 2017

Succulent Care in Canada - products for growing your succulent plants

Succulent Care in Canada - products for growing your succulent plants...

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Mar 25, 2017

Succulent Wedding - are you ready for yours?

Your Succulent Wedding will delight and amaze your guests; these are the most flexible and accommodating plants to use, and they look just like flowers

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Mar 23, 2017

Advertise on Drought Smart Plants

Advertise on Drought Smart Plants - use the media kit to make a decision

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Mar 22, 2017

Debra Lee Baldwin - succulent plant maven and author

Debra Lee Baldwin is a household name in the succulent plant world; read my interview with her...

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Mar 21, 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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Mar 19, 2017

Succulent Plant Business E-Book - your manual for microbusiness success

Your manual for microbusiness success - the Succulent Plant Business E-Book...

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Mar 17, 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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Mar 17, 2017

Xeria E-Zine - keep up to date with all the latest trends in growing succulents

Xeria E-Zine; stay up to date with all the news & announcements from Drought Smart Plants...

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Mar 16, 2017

Basic Succulent Care Sheet - a free download

Get your free download of the Basic Succulent Care Sheet...

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Mar 16, 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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Mar 15, 2017

Deflated Cactus

My golden barrel cactus looks as if it's deflated, I tried looking into this but I got varying answers, too much water, not enough water, not engough sunlight,

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Mar 15, 2017

Why Is My Succulent Dusty? What is that stuff?

What is that stuff? Why Is My Succulent Dusty?

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Mar 14, 2017

How to Grow Thyme - best tips for happy, healthy thyme plants

How to Grow Thyme; tips and secrets for successfully growing thyme...

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Winterizing Succulents E-Course

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