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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!

Feb 05, 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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Feb 03, 2016

Garden Reflections; adding light to the garden

Garden Reflections can be enhanced with pools, garden art like gazing balls or mirrors to add light to the garden...

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Feb 02, 2016

Succulents for Sale - see them, buy them!

If you are looking for Succulents for Sale, buy them here...I dare you to resist...

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Feb 02, 2016

Sempervivum Problems, Diseases & Pests - help for your hens and chicks

Sempervivum Problems, Diseases and Pests - help for your Hens and Chicks plants to grow robust and strong...

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Feb 02, 2016

Succulent Mosaic - tapestries & frames planted with textural succulent plants

Build a Succulent Mosaic to display your succulents as wall art - shock and amaze your friends with this fabulous succulent craft...

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Feb 01, 2016

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

Buy the Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book and learn the Horticulturists secrets...

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Jan 31, 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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Jan 31, 2016

How to Grow Sempervivum - tips for the happiest Hens and Chicks

Learn How to Grow Sempervivum, the hardy hens and chicks plants; tips and techniques for happy houseleeks

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Jan 31, 2016

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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Jan 31, 2016

What Kind of Sempervivum Is This? An identification guide

What Kind of Sempervivum Is This, anyway? Identify your favorite hens and chicks in this e-book...

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Jan 30, 2016

Sedum acre - give it an inch and it takes a mile

Sedum acre can be a bit of a thug, but it's an interesting little plant to have in the right place; don't allow this one to take over and all will be well

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Jan 30, 2016

Terracotta Clay Pots - my favorite containers for succulents

Terracotta Clay Pots have many benefits for your succulents; heavy enough to keep them upright in a windstorm, porous for air exchange, and beautiful...

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Jan 29, 2016

Sedum, the versatile and reliable Stonecrop

Sedum is one of the most versatile and reliable of all hardy succulents, and one of the most beautiful garden plants...

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Jan 29, 2016

Planting; a guide to your gardening success

Planting is one of those tasks that seems simple, and then when your plants die, you realize that it's the most important thing to do right, for a successful garden

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Jan 29, 2016

Sedum brevifolium - the smallest of all stonecrops

Sedum brevifolium is the tiniest of all stonecrops - the leaves are palest blue, almost white, and a carpet of this slow growing delicate species is barely a millimeter tall...

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Jan 27, 2016

Epiphyllum - the tree dwelling Orchid Cactus

Epiphyllum are commonly known as Orchid Cactus for their dinner plate sized flowers; once you see them, you recognize them anywhere...

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Jan 27, 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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Jan 25, 2016

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

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

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Jan 23, 2016

Sedum for Borders - tall Stonecrops, Sedum telephium & spectabile

The stonecrop Sedum for Borders are taller than their relatives; mainly used in groups with other hardy perennials they bring structure to the garden....

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Jan 23, 2016

Advertise on Drought Smart Plants

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

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Jan 22, 2016

Satellite Dish Planters; serve up your succulents on a platter

You've probably seen satellite dishes in the trash pile, going to the dump, but did you know that you can make fabulous Satellite Dish Planters from them? Succulent plants love them...

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Jan 22, 2016

Cactus Garden Design - my new cactus garden

The process of my Cactus Garden Design; planning my new cactus garden, and building the Boot Hill rock and cactus display...

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Jan 22, 2016

Sempervivum Globe - if it's round, plant it with hens and chicks

Plant a wire garden sphere with hens and chicks for a gorgeous Sempervivum Globe; choose from two hanging baskets wired together, or find a complete wire globe and fill it with panty hose...

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Jan 21, 2016

Sedum lydium - a tiny textured stonecrop for miniature containers

Sedum lydium is fine textured, with a very easy going nature. If you are looking for a tiny ground cover for miniature containers, you will be utterly charmed by this tiny little stonecrop...

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Jan 21, 2016

Xeriscaping Crossword - have fun with this online crossword puzzle

Jump in - do the Xeriscaping Crossword - the clues will help you discover the words; gardening is so much more than just growing plants, now you can do the puzzle too...

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Jan 21, 2016

Water Capture - rain water harvest

Harvesting rainwater with your Water Capture system will give you clean, non-mineralized and naturally softened water for your garden; with climate change it's time to learn how

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Jan 21, 2016

The Xeriscape in Winter; the beauty is just beginning...

The beauty of the Xeriscape in Winter is breath taking; a sprinkling of snow or a heavy frost brings out and outlines the shapes of the plants...

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Jan 21, 2016

Kalanchoe delagoensis - the Chandelier Plant, or Mexican Hat

Kalanchoe delagoensis is also known as the Chandelier Plant, or Mexican Hat, for the little plants that dangle from the edges

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Jan 20, 2016

Snow - What Good Is The White Stuff?

Snow - What Good Is The White Stuff? Are there any benefits at all?

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Jan 20, 2016

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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Jan 20, 2016

More Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery

More 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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Jan 20, 2016

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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Jan 19, 2016

Propagating Hardy Succulents by Division - simple easy way to make more plants

Learn about Propagating Hardy Succulents by Division; a simple and easy method of making more plants for your garden...

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Jan 19, 2016

Container Gardening - plant small, think big

Container Gardening; find out how to have a productive and beautiful garden, in small spaces; containers can be moved around to get the best effect...

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Jan 18, 2016

Spring Break Out Planter; cheery seasonal container

There's nothing like a little Spring Break Out Planter to cheer you up after a long cold winter...

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Jan 18, 2016

Spring Fever - it's not every year this happens - oh, wait, yes it is!

Do you get Spring Fever every year? It's hard to explain if you've never had it; it's a cross between nostalgia, and excitement; doubled...

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Jan 14, 2016

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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Jan 14, 2016

Choose the Hypertufa Pot that appeals the most and what that says about you...

Your Favorite Hypertufa Pot, and what that says about you - find out your personality trait based on which planter appeals most...

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Jan 14, 2016

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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Jan 13, 2016

Lewisia - alpine plant as a companion for hardy succulents

Lewisia, or bitterroot is a hardy alpine plant that makes a perfect companion for succulents in a rockery or combined in a hypertufa trough...

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Jan 13, 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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Jan 12, 2016

Saxifraga - fragile yet tough alpine plant

Saxifraga is a huge genus of tough little alpine plants well known by rock garden enthusiasts and hypertufa artists alike...

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Jan 12, 2016

Succulents and Sunshine E-Books

Succulents and Sunshine E-Books - all about our favorite topics...

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Jan 12, 2016

Beneficial Insects in your xeriscape garden - pollinators & predators

Beneficial Insects are an army of predators taking care of the pests in your xeriscape garden day and night

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Jan 12, 2016

Succulents In A Wheelbarrow - an innovative way to display

Display your Succulents in a Wheelbarrow for an innovative way to show them off; close to eye level, you can see their form, texture and beauty; an added bonus? They're moveable!

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Jan 12, 2016

Horticulturist or Horticulturalist - that is the question

Is it Horticulturist or Horticulturalist? That is the question; find out what it takes to become a garden and plant expert, you may be surprised!

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Jan 12, 2016

Wildflowers - drought tolerant hardy perennials

Planting Wildflowers in your garden gives you the opportunity of growing and enjoying some of the most drought tolerant perennial plants...

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Jan 12, 2016

Xeric Garden Insects - pollinators, predators and prey

Predators, Pollinators and Prey; Xeric Garden Insects are diverse and countless, and the more you have the better - even those we call pests are useful as food for beneficial insects...

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Jan 10, 2016

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