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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!

Jul 29, 2015

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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Jul 28, 2015

Sanseveria - Snake Plant, or Mother In Laws Tongue

The Sanseveria, once so popular as a strikingly vertical accent was lost, but now has been rediscovered

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Jul 27, 2015

Succulent Plant Pests - insects, pests and diseases; learn how to prevent damage

Succulent Plant Pests may find your succulents tasty and, well, succulent

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Jul 25, 2015

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

Here's a short list of What Not To Do With Your Succulents - no matter how bad they are...

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Jul 25, 2015

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my brothers plant

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Jul 24, 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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Jul 24, 2015

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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Jul 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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Jul 22, 2015

Need some out of the box Container Garden Ideas?

Need some out of the box Container Garden Ideas? Here is a roundup of some for you - get started!

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Jul 21, 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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Jul 21, 2015

Fairy Garden Furniture - tiny accessories for miniature landscapes

Fairy Garden Furniture - there are lots of options; diy some tiny accessories for your miniature landscapes, or buy them ready made...

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Jul 15, 2015

Fairy Gardens - intriguing little miniature landscapes

Are you as intrigued with Fairy Gardens as the rest of the world? These tiny landscapes fascinate and amaze us...

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Jul 15, 2015

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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Jul 15, 2015

Xeria E-Zine 74 July 2015

Xeria Issue 74 - July 2015

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Jul 06, 2015

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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Jul 04, 2015

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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Jul 02, 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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Jul 02, 2015

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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Jul 01, 2015

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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Jul 01, 2015

Lovely, but sadly unidentified, present

So my mum was kind enough to remember my love for succulents and bought me this lovely fella. The only problem is, he's very generic, and I'm not sure

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Jun 28, 2015

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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Jun 28, 2015

Echeveria Flowering - the most beautiful blooms

When you see an Echeveria Flowering, you'll gasp in awe - they are so beautiful as a flowering succulent...

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Jun 28, 2015

Aeonium - rare, beautiful and unusual succulents for the connoisseur

Grow some Aeonium; rare beautiful succulents for the connoisseur and the novice grower alike; choose from gemlike Kiwi Aeonium, to the brash and bold Schwartzkopf...

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Jun 24, 2015

Succulent Planters - use these great mix & match succulent plants

Succulent Planters with interesting combinations and textures of many succulent plants...

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Jun 24, 2015

Potager Gardens - all the ingredients for soup in one lush, lovely garden

Lush, lovely Potager Gardens; imagine picking all the ingredients for a nourishing soup right from your garden; scented herbs, parterres of flowers and vegetables

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Jun 22, 2015

Bromeliads - odd and unusual and intriguing plants

Bromeliads are a group of plants that have some unique strategies for survival in a jungle environment (like your house)...

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Jun 22, 2015

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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Jun 22, 2015

Replaced our lawn with thyme.

When we decided to convert to a grass free lawn in front of our house, we knew nothing about ground covers or drought smart plants. We bought eight or

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Jun 21, 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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Jun 20, 2015

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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Jun 20, 2015

Sedum spurium 'John Creech' - compact, clump forming little stonecrop

Sedum spurium 'John Creech' is one of the most well mannered of the whole tribe; compact clump forming little stonecrops like this are uncommon and welcome in my xeric garden...

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Jun 17, 2015

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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Jun 15, 2015

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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Jun 15, 2015

Grow Lights - supplemental light sources for succulent plants

Grow Lights give your succulents the light they need to be healthy and happy throughout the winter months, or for those challenging conditions in your dwelling or office

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Jun 15, 2015

Succulent Soil - good drainage, happy succulent plants

The right Succulent Soil is the most important part of growing succulent plants; if they don't have good drainage they won't be happy; most succulent plants like a lean soil...

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Jun 15, 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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Jun 13, 2015

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

Starting Your Own Succulent Plant Business doesn't have to be a steep learning curve; get yours started now with this training manual...

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Jun 11, 2015

Miniature Gardens - Lilliputian, diminutive jewels

Building your own Miniature Gardens is so much fun - your imagination can run wild; these fascinating miniature scenes aren't just for kids...

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Jun 11, 2015

Country Wedding Themes - ideas for a western wedding

Here are some ideas for Country Wedding Themes - will yours be a wedding with a western flavor?

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Jun 11, 2015

Miniature Moss Garden - a tiny dry streambed, less than a foot square

This Miniature Moss Garden is a dry creekbed in small scale; it's got rocks in a stream across the mossy glade, and a spectacular mossy rock as an accent...

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Jun 11, 2015

Miniature Castle Garden; ruins are romantic even in tiny scale

Small scale landscapes are fascinating; this Miniature Castle Garden is a perfect example...

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Jun 11, 2015

Miniature Landscapes; fairy gardens, miniature villages and railways

Miniature Landscapes range from tiny villages and railways, complete with diminutive shrubs and trees, to fairy gardens in a bowl, to penjing and bonsai

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Jun 11, 2015

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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Jun 11, 2015

How to Prune Succulents - learn from a professional horticulturist

Learn How to Prune Succulents from a professional horticulturist here; step by step instructions, tips and techniques...

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Jun 11, 2015

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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Jun 10, 2015

Cacti and Succulents - modified for drought resistence

Cacti and Succulents are a group of plants that have some incredible adaptations for resisting drought; find out what else...

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Jun 10, 2015

Types of Succulents; chubby, spikey, textured, smooth

Textured, smooth, chubby, spikey; there are all Types of Succulents to choose from...

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Jun 10, 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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Jun 10, 2015

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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