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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!

Apr 28, 2015

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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Apr 28, 2015

Graptopetalum - the Ghost Plant of Mexico

Graptopetalum are known as the Ghost Plant of Mexico, due to the pale appearance of the leaves, which is actually caused by a waxy dust called pruinose or bloom...

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Apr 27, 2015

Jovibarba Globe - use your excess of rollers for this great garden craft

Build a Jovibarba Globe with your excess of rollers; when they start to really produce, you'll be glad of some projects like this...

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Apr 27, 2015

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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Apr 27, 2015

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 27, 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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Apr 27, 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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Apr 27, 2015

Succulent Plant Propagation - making more plants

Find out all about Succulent Plant Propagation and how to make more of our favorite plants by cuttings, pups and seeds...

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Apr 27, 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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Apr 27, 2015

Succulent Care - light, soil and cultivation requirements

Succulent Care tips and instructions for growing succulents; how to grow your favorite plants successfully...

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Apr 26, 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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Apr 26, 2015

Poisonous Succulent Plants - common sense guidelines for safe succulent growing

Use common sense for growing Poisonous Succulent Plants; here are some guidelines for safe growing

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Apr 26, 2015

Thyme Lawn - low maintenance & tough turf alternative

Make a Thyme Lawn, and take the summer off; no mowing, fertilizing or fuss with a great lawn alternative...

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Apr 26, 2015

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' - the diminutive and sweet Elfin thyme

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'; the most compact and adorable of all thyme varieties; make a thyme lawn or use it to soften and drape

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Apr 26, 2015

Hardy Succulents; tough and reliable in cold winter climates

Grow the Hardy Succulents that I recommend in your garden; you'll be amazed at their toughness, and beauty...

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Apr 26, 2015

Pruning Succulent Plants - shaping, propagation or disease control

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

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Apr 25, 2015

What is your mystery Succulent? Succulent Plant Identification

The correct Succulent Plant Identification will help you to look after your plants and make them thrive; ask here what on earth your succulents are...

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Apr 25, 2015

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 25, 2015

Best Succulent Containers Contest 2012 - see the entries

Best Succulent Containers Contest 2012; we have a winner!

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Apr 25, 2015

Dowsing for Water - find groundwater with this archaic method

Dowsing for water is an archaic old time method of finding natural underground streams, groundwater or even buried pipes...

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Apr 25, 2015

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

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

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Apr 24, 2015

Butterfly Garden - entice those beautiful insects to come closer

Make a Butterfly Garden to entice those lovely insects in; create drifts of bloom, in sequence over the summer and caterpillar food sources too...

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Apr 24, 2015

Succulent Crafts E-Course - find out how to make unique succulent crafts

Enroll now in the Succulent Crafts E-Course - 12 installments of unique and unusual crafts, full tutorials

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Apr 24, 2015

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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Apr 23, 2015

Landscaping Plans - tips and advice for planning your xeriscape landscape

Landscaping Plans; get your ideas for a fabulous xeriscape landscape down on paper to guide your way...

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Apr 20, 2015

Special Gardening Event - Planting the Hypertufa Trough

Special Gardening Event - spring into spring with a Hypertufa Planting Tutorial

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Apr 20, 2015

Special Gardening Events -garden tours, tutorials and seminars

Join in the Special Gardening Events - after all, gardening should be celebrated somehow...

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Apr 20, 2015

Hypertufa Crevice Garden - a trough, with mountain attached

The hypertufa pot was completed in the fall, but now it's time to plant it - how about a Hypertufa Crevice Garden?

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Apr 20, 2015

Earth Day Inspiration - save the world; plant junk

Keeping your junk out of the landfill is one way to celebrate Earth Day; what will you do to celebrate?

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Apr 18, 2015

Trough Gardens - hypertufa troughs for alpine plants and hardy succulents

Trough Gardens; rustic home for precious alpine plants and hardy succulents; whether it's hypertufa, or a real stone sink, a trough garden will fascinate and delight

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Apr 18, 2015

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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Apr 17, 2015

Portulacaria afra - the Elephants Food

Portulacaria afra is the Elephants Food - why do they have such an odd name? In their native habitat in Africa, they are routinely pruned down by elephants who eat them for a snack...

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Apr 17, 2015

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 16, 2015

Rain Gardens - prevent siltation with seasonal plants

Rain Gardens prevent soil erosion and flooding; planting specialized plants that like being seasonally indundated with water...

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Apr 16, 2015

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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Apr 16, 2015

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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Apr 16, 2015

Hardy Orchids of British Columbia - fragile, yet tough wildflowers

The Hardy Orchids of British Columbia are amazing, varied and tough; their fragile appearance can fool you into believing they're not able to withstand drought...

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Apr 16, 2015

Sedum spurium 'Voodoo' - darkest burgundy foliage

With the darkest burgundy foliage,Sedum spurium 'Voodoo' is one of the most amazing groundcover stonecrops, in great demand due to the foliage color, and the gorgeous hot pink blooms...

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Apr 16, 2015

Find Your Planting Zone - plant hardiness depends on this

Before you plant, Find Your Planting Zone - there is no point in planting anything if it's not hardy in your garden...

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Apr 16, 2015

Xeric Garden Style - blend your personal style, and the way you live...

Your Xeric Garden Style reflects your own personal style, as well as your life style; harmonize them all...

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Apr 16, 2015

How to Grow Jovibarba species - allionii, arenaria, hirta & sobolifera

How to Grow Jovibarba species in your rock garden, succulent crafts or topiary; the easiest and most forgiving of all the hardy succulents...

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Apr 15, 2015

Hardy Cacti - armed and dangerous

Hardy Cacti are tough, resilient and easy to grow in the most challenging conditions; the dryer the better for these tough customers - handle with care...

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Apr 15, 2015

Panty Hose Succulent Wreaths

Make a Succulent Wreath out of Panty Hose - why not?

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Apr 14, 2015

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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Apr 12, 2015

The Mexican Strawberry Pot - well loved and often planted

That old Mexican Strawberry Pot is one of the most loved and often planted containers for succulents

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Apr 10, 2015

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Beautiful winter flowering succulents

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Apr 10, 2015

Plant Identification - the mystery, solved

Plant Identification; how to recognize your plants, and why; learn what kinds of things are essential for knowing what your plant is so you know how they grow best...

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Apr 10, 2015

Top 12 Pages of 2014 - favorites and most shared

Top 12 Pages of 2014 - here are the favorites and those most shared on social media...

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Apr 09, 2015

Sempervivum arachnoideum - the cobweb hens and chicks

Grow some Sempervivum arachnoideum, the cobweb hens and chicks; small and cobwebbed, these little plants are charming

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