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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!

Aug 15, 2018

Coconut trees

I am in Sanibel Island florida. My question :is it rare for three coconuts to grow out of one coconut. My son planted the seed and we were amazed to

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Aug 13, 2018

Baby had piece in mouth

Graptopetalum & Pachyphytum succulent plants. Luckily, these types of plants are not as toxic as plants in other species, but if the baby has actually

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Aug 13, 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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Aug 13, 2018

The quest for the mysterious vanishing paintings.

Snappy enough for you? OK here is your buddy Frankie chocolate. And that's a pretty snappy name too. I have a question for you O great master of the

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Aug 11, 2018

Stylish Succulents - A Book Review

Stylish Succulents - a book review - Japanese Inspired Container Gardens for Small Spaces...

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Jul 30, 2018

Lawn progect gone awry

Hello I’m in the process of slopping my back yard away from my house for better drainage. I had a contractor come and added 40 tons of clay for the base

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Jul 29, 2018

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

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

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Jul 29, 2018

Rosette Forming Succulents

Rosette Forming Succulents...

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Jul 27, 2018

Hidden Ginger in container w/ Vinca?

Hi! I am a newbie! Trying to start a container garden here in NC! My question is I purchased just some pretty flowers and put them in a pot together.

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Jul 27, 2018

I think my Elephant ear is pregnant.

I purchased a small Alocasia at a yard sale 3 months ago. The pot size was about 1 gallon, with 1 full leaf showing. It has grown by a foot since I planted

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Jul 26, 2018

Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce' - powder blue soft needle like trees

Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce' is another of those backbone plants in the xeric garden; textural, reliable and tough for year round groundcover...

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Jul 25, 2018

Potager Gardens - the ingredients for soup in a 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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Jul 24, 2018

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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Jul 23, 2018

DIY Koi Pond Filter - cheap, quick way to clean the water in your pond

Here's a simple way to build a DIY Koi Pond Filter - easily accessible materials, quick to make...

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Jul 22, 2018

The Passion for Gardening by Ken Druse - garden book review

The Passion for Gardening by Ken Druse - I didn't think he could do it again, but this book surpasses all that have gone before...

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Jul 20, 2018

Succulent Tower; a craft for large spaces; great in a public display

If you've got lots of room, why not make a Succulent Tower? This incredible craft was designed and displayed by the horticulture team at Calgary Zoo...

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Jul 19, 2018

Flower Garden Plans - ideas & inspiration for your flowering paradise

Flower Garden Plans will include plants for butterflies and bees, and attract pollinators and human visitors...

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Jul 17, 2018

Xerophytes - plants with extremely low water requirements

Xerophytes are named for their low water requirements; this group of drought tolerant plants provides us with many succulent house plants...

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Jul 15, 2018

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 15, 2018

Gnats on Succulent Plants - get those pesky flies off!

Got gnats on your succulent plants? Get rid of them, now...

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Jul 14, 2018

Succulents Safe For Cats - feline friendly succulent plants

Feline Friendly Succulent Plants - succulents that are safe for cats, even if they take a nibble...

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Jul 13, 2018

Ask the Horticulturist - go on, ask me your question about plants!

Ask the Horticulturist your questions about plants and gardening; if you have a query about a plant problem here is the place to ask; yes, I am a Certified Horticulturist

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Jul 13, 2018

Orostachys - rare and unusual hardy succulents

Orostachys are a rare and unusual hardy succulent; tough, resilient, and gorgeous...

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Jul 12, 2018

Garden Design Ideas for xeriscaping and low maintenance landscaping

Use these Garden Design Ideas for your xeriscaping and low maintenance landscaping...

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Jul 10, 2018

Succulent Plant Pests - manage insects, pests and diseases

Succulent Plant Pests - a resource to manage insects, pests and diseases...

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Jul 09, 2018

Christmas cactus

I’m from Ottawa Ontario. I have put my Christmas cactus out on my balcony for the summer facing south. The leaves on my cactus are turning red what is

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Jul 09, 2018

Xeric Garden Wildlife - the wild creatures in my garden

Xeric Garden Wildlife are secretive and shy; invite them in to your haven for a safe home to raise their young...

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Jul 09, 2018

Write For This Site - guest posts accepted

Guest Posts Accepted - Write for this Site...

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Jul 09, 2018

Tundra Plants - plants that take challenging conditions in stride

Tundra Plants can take on challenging conditions; they are perfectly adapted to cold, drought and temperature fluctuations that would kill any less hardy plant

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Jul 08, 2018

Succulent Advertising - Online Website Advertising

Online Website Advertising - Succulent Advertising

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Jul 08, 2018

My Sponsors on Drought Smart Plants - online website advertising

Sponsors on Drought Smart Plants - online website advertising for your business...

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Jul 08, 2018

Planting Succulent Containers Guide - free bonus

Get your free bonus - Planting Succulent Containers Guide

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Jul 07, 2018

Philosophy of a Xeric Gardener - taking the long way around

The Philosophy of a Xeric Gardener; find out my mission statement...

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Jul 06, 2018

Dolomite Lime - change the pH of your soil, add calcium too

Add Dolomite Lime to your soil for a natural way to change the pH; add calcium at the same time...

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Jul 05, 2018

Bog Gardens - your very own marsh in miniature

Bog Gardens; your very own marsh in miniature; wetlands for wildlife...

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Jul 04, 2018

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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Jul 03, 2018

Propagating Jovibarba heuffelii - one of those weird hardy succulents

If you're a big fan of some different types of succulents, you'll want to know more about Propagating Jovibarba heuffelii - they are very different and unique...

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Jul 01, 2018

Hypertufa - playing with mud

Use Hypertufa to create some unusual garden crafts and unique rugged and rustic planters to display planted with your favorite tiny hardy succulents, or alpines...

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Jul 01, 2018

Peony

We bought a house 3 yrs ago that had 3 well established peonies that had been blooming profusely. Last year, however, one of them came up in spring but

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Jun 29, 2018

Xeric Gardens - xeriscape landscaping with drought tolerant plants

Create your lush Xeric Gardens with drought tolerant plants; sound impossible? It's not, with a few guidelines and some inspiration...

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Jun 29, 2018

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 29, 2018

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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Jun 28, 2018

Green Roof Soil - pros and cons; engineered soil or micorrhizal soil

Green Roof Soil is more than just something to anchor your plants, it's an essential part of building a sustainable green roof...

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Jun 27, 2018

Senecio; daisy flowers on succulent stems and leaves - interesting!

The genus Senecio contains some very unique and beautiful plants, well worth adding to your collection. If you don't already have chalksticks, Vertical Leaved Senecio and others, get started now

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Jun 26, 2018

brain cactus

I've been growing this brain cactus for quite a while in this skull planter, after several years in a regular plastic pot - it does so much better in this

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Jun 26, 2018

A Year in the Garden - a calendar of posts

A Year in the Garden; a calendar of posts for every season...

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Jun 26, 2018

Short tree with beetles

We moved in to a home in the country in East Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains. On our property is a very short tree with narrow leaves, about

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Jun 24, 2018

epiphyllum cactus

I would like to grow some epis - I'm in Florida where the weather is quite humid, so I don't know for sure if they'll like that. How big should the

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Jun 23, 2018

Low Water Plants - drought tolerant, waterwise landscaping choices

Low Water Plants thrive on little moisture making them the perfect xeriscaping candidates - find out which ones to grow in your garden

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