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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!

Jan 16, 2017

Dry Streambed - the look & feel of a water feature, without the water

A Dry Streambed gives you the look and feel of a water feature, but without the water; it can be a seasonal drainage area, disguised as a focal point

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Jan 16, 2017

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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Jan 15, 2017

Build a Moss Topiary for a centerpiece or display

Moss Topiary are not as difficult as they look, and they'll live and thrive for years without care...

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Jan 15, 2017

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

Make your own Succulent Sphere; globes or orbs planted with Sempervivum & succulents for a unique garden craft; simple to make and plant...

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Jan 14, 2017

Sedum spathufolium 'Purpureum'; mealy purple foliaged stonecrop

Sedum spathufolium 'Purpureum' is a larger version of the native Sedum spathufolium; purple tinged foliage that changes with the seasons; great ground cover plant for xeric gardens and rockeries

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Jan 12, 2017

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

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

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Jan 12, 2017

Sedum pluricaule - miniature mauve and grey beauty

Sedum pluricaule is one of my favorites; the variable grey blushed mauve foliage is topped with fabulous hot pink blooms in mid summer

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Jan 09, 2017

Green Roofs Around the World - a geographic perspective

Green Roofs Around the World - a geographic perspective...

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Jan 07, 2017

Pruning Succulent Plants - shaping, propagation or disease control

Got top heavy succulents? Pruning Succulent Plants isn't difficult - let me teach you...

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Jan 06, 2017

Mediterranean Gardens - sun filled patios, drought tolerant herbs

Mediterranean Gardens copy the feeling that you would get in Italy, Spain or even in Cyprus, with that unbelievable brilliant characteristic light

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Jan 05, 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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Jan 05, 2017

Crassula Bonsai - make a charming tiny tree from your Jade Plant

Crassula Bonsai are a new twist on an ancient art; training tiny trees to emulate the way nature makes them is easy using jade plants...

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Jan 04, 2017

Spotted leaves with tiny baby plants

spear shaped leaves with baby plants around the edges

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Jan 03, 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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Jan 02, 2017

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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Dec 30, 2016

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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Dec 30, 2016

Sedum spathufolium; the straight species

Sedum spathufolium is the straight species and the original type that has spawned a whole lot of other cultivars; hard to miss with the white foliage...

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Dec 29, 2016

Garden Made, by Stephanie Rose - a book review

Garden Made, by Stephanie Rose - a chatty and friendly book to add to your garden book library...

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Dec 28, 2016

planting fountaingrass

I live in central North Carolina. Just recently had 15 large pine trees cut down in front of my house; the stumps are still there. I would like to plant

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Dec 28, 2016

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

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

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Dec 28, 2016

Succulent Plant Business; how to do it right

Thinking of starting a Succulent Plant Business? Do it right with the guidelines here...

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Dec 26, 2016

Sedum ewersii - round leaved, sweet little stonecrop

Sedum ewersii with its blue foliage and pink flowers bustles around busily - it's one of the most valued stonecrops for green roofs, and also for special gardens

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Dec 26, 2016

Drip Irrigation Systems - water conservation tips

Drip Irrigation Systems are a way to deliver water directly to your plants roots; water conservation is an important feature of every garden and landscape

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Dec 26, 2016

Plant Watering Devices for the Sedum and Succulent Nursery

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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Dec 24, 2016

Xeric Garden Birds - feathered pest control

Xeric Garden Birds are always present in my garden; migratory songbirds visit and nest, lots of others are year round residents; all are welcome in my Xeric Garden...

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Dec 24, 2016

Hens and Chicks Footwear

Not sure where my wife got the idea to confiscate a pair of her brothers shoes as a home for the hens and chicks. Maybe we were out of old coffee pots

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Dec 23, 2016

Fairy Garden Supplies - what you'll need to build your miniature landscape

Building a miniature landscape? Get your Fairy Garden Supplies here...

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Dec 22, 2016

Green Roofs in Portugal - hot and bright conditions on clay tiles

Green Roofs in Portugal - the dry and bright conditions on the clay tile roofs are perfect for adaptive plants...

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Dec 20, 2016

Drought Smart Strategies - the many ways plants are drought tolerant

Drought Smart Strategies; the many ways that plants fight drought; how to help your plants survive...

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Dec 19, 2016

Amaryllis from Seed; grow your own gorgeous flowering bulb

Growing your own Amaryllis from Seed is a long term prospect, but one that will be so satisfying...

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Dec 15, 2016

Flowering Plant Life Cycle - how the blooming cycle works

Find out how the blooming cycle works; Flowering Plant Life Cycle...

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Dec 13, 2016

Miniature Japanese Garden - a bowl, some moss and a rock

Make your own Miniature Japanese Garden; take one rustic rock, a hypertufa bowl, some moss, mix well and enjoy

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Dec 13, 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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Dec 11, 2016

Drought Tolerant Plants - water wise & low maintenance landscaping

Drought Tolerant Plants can add a lush and luxurious look to your garden, xeric or not...

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Dec 11, 2016

Flower Garden Tips - make yours fabulous

The Best Flower Garden Tips - make yours fabulous with these ideas...

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Dec 11, 2016

21 Unique Succulent Planters - Summer Ideas

21 Unique Succulent Planters; odd and unusual ways to grow succulent plants...

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Dec 08, 2016

Growing Salvia farinacea indoors

I am currently growing and germinating several flats of Salvia (Blue Mealy) in my indoor greenhouse...the study. My question is: I have 20- 2 1/2 x 2

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Dec 08, 2016

Fall Garden Plants - my choices for drought tolerance and colour

Here are some good choices for Fall Garden Plants - drought tolerant and colorful...

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Dec 08, 2016

Naming of Plants; how plants get their names; botanical Latin

The Naming of Plants is complicated, fascinating and fun; learning where all those tongue twisting botanical Latin names comes from is intriguing...

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Dec 07, 2016

Butterfly Garden Plan - how to attract those beautiful garden insects

Butterfly Garden Plan - start with the basic design, build onto it with beauty, stand back and admire...

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Dec 06, 2016

Sedum spathufolium 'Capo Blanco' - pale and ghostly, but gorgeous stonecrop

Sedum spathufolium 'Capo Blanco' is the palest stonecrop anywhere, in some seasons appearing totally white...

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Dec 05, 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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Dec 05, 2016

What Not To Do With Your Succulents - some things that just shouldn't be

What Not To Do With Your Succulents - no matter how bad they are...

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Dec 05, 2016

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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Dec 04, 2016

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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Dec 03, 2016

10 Best Perennials for Butterflies - choose from these to attract flying flowers

Choose from these 10 Best Perennials for Butterflies, and attract flying flowers to your garden...

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Dec 02, 2016

Courtyard Landscaping - your tiny garden oasis

Courtyard Landscaping should welcome your guests into a tiny garden oasis; as an entry to your dwelling, it is a sheltered area for relaxing, as well as an invitation to enter...

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Dec 01, 2016

Fairy Garden Plants; get in on the miniature landscape craze, plant some

Which are the best Fairy Garden Plants? You may already have some in your garden right now; look for compact growth, tiny leaves, and the ability to take a challenge...

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Nov 29, 2016

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - resource of safe choices

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - a resource of safe choices

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