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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 22, 2018

Moss Garden DIY - make your own gorgeous moss centerpiece

Learn how to make your own moss garden - Moss Garden DIY...

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Feb 21, 2018

Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic - rustic garden crafts

Here's a different way to grow succulents - in this Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic...

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Feb 20, 2018

Un H2O Garden - Kelowna's demonstration xeriscape garden

Kelowna has its very own Un H2O Garden - a demonstration garden showing how beautiful water wise landscaping can be...

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Feb 19, 2018

Rustic Salvage - Garden Art made from recycled found objects and scrap

Rustic Salvage; transform recycled and found objects into fantastic garden art; creative ways to reuse, recycle and refurbish (and beautify!) your thrifted treasures...

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Feb 19, 2018

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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Feb 19, 2018

Carsen Andrew Memorial Garden; a horticulturist dealing with loss

Designing and planning the Carsen Andrew Memorial Garden is the only way I have to deal with the loss of a loved one, or in this case, two...,

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Feb 18, 2018

What Are Succulent Plants - Definition of Succulent

Definition of Succulent - what are succulent plants?

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Feb 18, 2018

How much bags of fertilizer do I need?

I have a 1000 sq ft garden. I got my soil samples back and it calls for 5-10-10 per 1000 sq ft. How many 40 lbs bags should I use?

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Feb 18, 2018

Pine Needle Mulch - pros and cons for a natural mulch material

Pine Needle Mulch is an easy to spread and maintain mulching material; but is it all good? Find out when and why to use it in your garden...

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Feb 17, 2018

Sempervivum in Winter; Hens and Chicks go dormant

Sempervivum in Winter have a whole different look; don't worry, they're not dead, just dormant and resting...

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Feb 16, 2018

Sedum and Succulent Nursery - growing my favorite plants

My Sedum and Succulent Nursery is full of hardy Sedum, Sempervivum and Jovibarba which are perfectly adapted to growing in Canadian gardens...

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Feb 16, 2018

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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Feb 16, 2018

Succulent Death

My poor succulent plant is on the brink of collapse. I think at one time it was over watered, before I got it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Feb 16, 2018

Fast Growing Shrubs for Privacy

Neighbors. Who needs them? I just moved to a new house last summer, and even though it's in my dream location, the neighbors leave a lot to be desired.

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Feb 16, 2018

Ecosystem Pond - shh; nature at work

Build an Ecosystem Pond for attracting wildlife, birds and be a haven for all kinds of little creatures; the trickling waterfall attracts them in droves

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Feb 15, 2018

Prepare Your Succulent Containers for Winter

Winters coming - how do you prepare for it? If you have containers filled with hardy succulents, this is an easy one - in most cases, those types of containers

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Feb 15, 2018

What Is The Succulent Plant Business E-Course?

What is the Succulent Plant Business E-Course? What's included?

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Feb 15, 2018

What Soil Do You Use

What soil do you use to grow succulents? I've seen lots of guidelines that say 'well drained' but what exactly is that?

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Feb 15, 2018

Sedum pachyclados 'White Diamond' - pale green foliage & white flowers

One of my favorite stonecrops, Sedum pachyclados 'White Diamond' is unique in the way it forms little blue green rosettes; once the flowers start to open, watch out, this one will grab your heart...

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Feb 14, 2018

House Plant succulent- add succulents to your house plant collection

Add some House Plant Succulents to your indoor garden or growing room; bright light is essential, warm temperatures optional...

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Feb 14, 2018

Take Care of Succulent seedlings

Okay, so they germinated. Now what? They don't seem to be doing anything at all. I thought I had done it right, and they would be happy, but they

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Feb 14, 2018

Solar Lights - light your way in the garden

Solar Lights - light your way in the garden...

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Feb 13, 2018

Growing Hens and Chicks

I've had a few hens and chicks given to me over the years but they always seem to die. My soil is mostly clay and I know that it's recommended to have

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Feb 13, 2018

Got a cracked bird bath? Make it into a Bird Bath Garden...

Got a cracked bird bath? Not to worry; make a Bird Bath Garden planted with succulents, or a miniature garden...

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Feb 12, 2018

Plant Labels - or play what's that plant

Get your Plant Labels out so you know which plant is which - your memory is no match for time...

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Feb 11, 2018

Pollinators - bees, butterflies and many more insects

Pollinators and beneficial insects are magnetically attracted to many garden plants for their nectar; in the process of visiting them, they also pollinate many of our plants...

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Feb 10, 2018

Landscaping Plans - tips & advice for your xeriscape landscape

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

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Feb 10, 2018

Xeric Garden Projects - add value with landscaping and xeriscaping

Add value to your landscaping with Xeric Garden Projects; whether it's planting more drought tolerant plants, building a rain garden, constructing a patio or pergola...

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Feb 10, 2018

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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Feb 09, 2018

Succulent Gardening for Beginners

Succulent Gardening For Beginners - get started with your succulent plant obsession...

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Feb 09, 2018

An Almost Wildflower Bouquet - use what you've got

An Almost Wildflower Bouquet might just brighten up your decor; if you have native plants and shrubs, don't ignore them to use for flower arrangements...

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Feb 08, 2018

Wild Flower Garden - native plant paradise

Your Wild Flower Garden will be a native plant paradise, with wildflowers glowing in the sunshine, coming up year after year; easy care, low maintenance and lovely...

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Feb 08, 2018

Ann Magnolia

I live in the Memphis Tn area and I just recently received by mail a Ann Magnolia tree. It was delivered to my home and is in its original packaging around

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Feb 07, 2018

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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Feb 06, 2018

Echeveria 'Paul Bunyan' - warty and rugged with carunculations

Echeveria 'Paul Bunyan' is one the carunculated group; with unusual warty protuberences, these are unique and strangely beautiful...

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Feb 05, 2018

21 Unique Succulent Planters - Page 3 - there's still time

21 Unique Succulent Planters; odd and unusual ways to grow succulent plants...page 3

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Feb 05, 2018

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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Feb 04, 2018

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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Feb 03, 2018

Vintage Wood Stove; rustic vignettes and cookstove junk

Vintage Wood Cook Stove - rustic junk with succulents...

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Feb 02, 2018

Bird Nest Boxes - give your garden birds a home

Give your garden birds a home with Bird Nest Boxes for them to raise their young in...

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Feb 01, 2018

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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Jan 31, 2018

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 30, 2018

What do I do with my succulent now?

Hi, I live in Seville, Spain and have been addicted to succulents for about 7 years. This plant has up to now produced 11 flower spikes!! I didn't know

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Jan 30, 2018

Cactus Plants - the ultimate drought smart plants

Spiny, prickly and drought loving Cactus Plants; the ultimate drought smart plants for xeriscaping, cactus gardens, and in some cases, house plants...

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Jan 29, 2018

My baby succulents aren't growing but they look healthy!

I have a variety of baby succulents that I started growing all at one time. Most of them have grown to about an inch high and have been that way for almost

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Jan 29, 2018

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 28, 2018

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 27, 2018

Xeriscape Design - planning your drought tolerant garden

Xeriscape Design; the best drought tolerant plants, combined with dry landscaping and permaculture strategies giving you the lush gorgeous garden you've always dreamed of...

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Jan 26, 2018

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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Want your succulents to survive the winter?  Learn how to bring them indoors and be happy and healthy with this free e-course;  Fill in your name and email address on the form below to enroll!

Winterizing Succulents E-Course

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