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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!

Sep 26, 2016

10 Best Hardy Succulents for Landscaping; my recommended xeriscaping plants

There are the 10 Best Hardy Succulents for Landscaping; if you're starting out, these are fool proof, iron tough and gorgeous xeriscape plants to start with....

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Sep 26, 2016

Xeric Gardens - xeriscape landscaping with drought tolerant plants

Create your lush Xeric Gardens with drought tolerant plants; sound impossible? It's not, with a few guidelines and some inspiration...

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Sep 26, 2016

Sempervivum Wall - a vertical textural tapestry of plants

Build a Sempervivum Wall to display these textural plants vertically for an eye popping focal point

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Sep 26, 2016

Fast Growing Shrubs - xeriscape gardens need some of these

Fast Growing Shrubs fill an important niche in your xeriscape garden; as privacy screens, hedgerows and windbreaks they perform an almost instant role as wildlife habitat too...

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Sep 26, 2016

Orostachy Pollination - the fertilizing of the flowers is the first step

What happens in Orostachys pollination? If there are no bees, how can the seeds form? All your questions answered...

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Sep 26, 2016

Remaking Hens and Chicks - Sempervivum Rejuvenation

Sempervivum getting a little tired looking? Remaking your Hens and Chicks is easy to do and gives them a new lease on life...

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Sep 25, 2016

Pruning Succulent Plants - shaping, propagation or disease control

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

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Sep 25, 2016

Solarization - utilize the power of the sun - simple soil sterilization

Solarization uses the power of the sun to sterilize soil and prepare it for planting; how do you do it? Find out here how to prevent weeds and pathogens with a simple technique...

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Sep 24, 2016

Glory Be - the earth sheltered, green roofed, cordwood root cellar

Glory Be; earth sheltered, green roofed, cordwood root cellar with many junk gardening and funky garden craft accents; see which appeals to you the most...

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Sep 24, 2016

Green Roof Plants - hardy, reliable and versatile

Green Roof Plants have to be able to withstand very challenging conditions; thin soil, windy and cold - in other words, they have to be tough...

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Sep 23, 2016

Trendspotting in the Garden; new and inspirational ideas

Trendspotting in the Garden; new and exciting trends in xeriscaping, dry gardens and succulents in interesting containers and planters...

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Sep 23, 2016

Alpine Plants - for trough gardens, rock gardens, crevices & craggs

Alpine Plants combine perfectly with hardy succulents for trough gardens, rockeries, crevices and craggs

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Sep 23, 2016

9 Succulent Problems - the Horticulturist answers

Here are 9 Succulent Problems by the readers of this site; see the solutions to the issues in growing them...

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Sep 23, 2016

Flower Garden Plans - ideas & inspiration for your flowering paradise

Flower Garden Plans will include plants for butterflies and bees, and attract pollinators and human visitors...

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Sep 23, 2016

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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Sep 23, 2016

Winter Hardy Succulents - I like #4 the best...

There are lots of Winter Hardy Succulents to choose from, but I like #4 the best...

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Sep 23, 2016

Here are some of my Favorite Garden Things; which is yours?

Here are some of my Favorite Garden Things; which is yours? Having a hard time deciding? That's okay; you don't have to make a choice - you can have it all...

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Sep 23, 2016

Yucca; architectural, drought tolerant and tough desert plant

Yucca are one of those plants that have fallen out of favor for planting in driveway turn arounds, walkways and landscaping; years ago, every house had at least one

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Sep 23, 2016

Epiphytes - tree dwelling succulents with spectacular flowers

Epiphytes are unusual in the succulent world; they are tree dwelling, originating in jungles, not deserts where we normally think of succulents growing

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Sep 22, 2016

Water Saving Tips to conserve water in your home and garden

Water Saving Tips can conserve our most precious resource; use water wisely in the garden and utilize what we have - no wanton waste here!

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Sep 22, 2016

Echeveria racemosa atropurpurea 'Brown Sugar' - the name says it all

Echeveria racemosa atropurpurea 'Brown Sugar'; the name says it all; delicious, mouthwatering color on a drought tolerant plant

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Sep 22, 2016

Sedum glaucaphyllum - pale green rosettes, white flowers

Sedum glaucaphyllum is one of my favorite little well behaved rosette forming stonecrops; pale green foliage with sprays of white flowers cover a rounded clump form...

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Sep 22, 2016

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

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

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Sep 22, 2016

Latest time to plant

Zone 6- Massachusets. I live in a town where we are presently allowed to hand water from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. -ban will be over October 31. Is November

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Sep 21, 2016

Succulent Address Sign - find your direction with succulents

Find your direction with this Succulent Address Sign; unique and unusual succulent craft

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Sep 21, 2016

Succulent Wreaths - focal points that will knock your socks off

Succulent Wreaths; use those gorgeous succulent plants for a stunning garden craft to display as a centerpiece, or to hang on a wall or fence...

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Sep 21, 2016

Sedum hakonense 'Chocolate Ball'

Sedum hakonense 'Chocolate Ball' doesn't look like any other stonecrop in my collection

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Sep 21, 2016

Overwintering Geraniums - tips and methods

Learn the tips and techniques for successfully Overwintering Geraniums...

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Sep 20, 2016

A Year in the Garden - a calendar of posts

A Year in the Garden; a calendar of posts for every season...

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Sep 20, 2016

Autumn Containers - fall display into frost

Around the end of August I try and put together some Autumn Containers; combining grasses, overgrown annuals going cheap at the garden center and some succulents round them out...

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Sep 20, 2016

Lava Rocks - unique, rustic, natural planters

Lava Rocks are produced by the very earth itself; natural, rustic and very unique planters for hardy succulents...

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Sep 19, 2016

Ferns - not as needy as you might think

Ferns are not normally thought of as drought tolerant, but you might be surprised at their tactics and strategies...

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Sep 19, 2016

Aloe Succulent Plants - strappy, mottled, spotted, speckled

Aloe Succulent Plants; striped, spotted and speckled collectors dream plants - reliable, textural and drought tolerant...

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Sep 19, 2016

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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Sep 19, 2016

Signs of the Thymes - funny garden sign sayings all about thyme

Signs of the Thymes; funny garden sign sayings all about thyme to paint on rustic garden signs; enjoy!

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Sep 19, 2016

Water Conservation - our most precious resource - use it wisely

Water Conservation; a precious resource which we have to use wisely by growing succulents and drought tolerant plants in our xeriscape gardens

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Sep 19, 2016

Airplant - intriguing and unusual plants that don't even need soil to survive

Grow some of the fascinating and intriguing Airplant - you'll be surprised when you learn about their soil requirement (or lack of it)...

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Sep 18, 2016

Green Roofs - roof meadow, savannah and Sedum roof

Green Roofs are not only beautiful, but they provide wildlife habitat too; attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators as well as birds looking for nesting sites...

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Sep 17, 2016

Buy E-Books about Gardening Topics, Xeriscaping, and Propagation

Buy my E-Books - learn all about Xeriscaping, Succulent Plant Propagation and more Gardening topics...

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Sep 16, 2016

Top Ten Myths about Xeriscaping - what is it, and how do I do it?

The Top Ten Myths about Xeriscaping; what is this strange way of gardening, and what are the benefits?

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Sep 16, 2016

Groundcovers for Xeriscaping - my favorite low growing plants for dry gardens

Use these Groundcovers for Xeriscaping in your dry landscape. Low maintenance, drought tolerant low growing plants that stay compact and creeping...

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Sep 13, 2016

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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Sep 13, 2016

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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Sep 13, 2016

can I save it??

I've managed to identify this plant from your pages, so thank you for that! And I also saw a similar question asked from someone else, but it wasn't exactly

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Sep 09, 2016

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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Sep 08, 2016

Weed-free Xeriscaping - lush dry landscapes without weeds

Your Weed-free Xeriscaping begins with the preparation of the soil; barring that, mulch, mulch, mulch...

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Sep 08, 2016

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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Sep 07, 2016

Crevice Gardens - rockeries, cliff gardens or scree

Make a Crevice Garden for alpine plants, hardy succulents and other tough plants, and see nature at work...

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Sep 07, 2016

Succulent Sphere; wire garden spheres filled with succulents - how lovely!

Punctuate your garden with 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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