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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!

Jun 19, 2019

Crepe Myrtle tree

We live in Delaware and one of our Crepe Myrtle trees has issues with the trunk as evidenced by various photos. Our landscaping department in our community

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Jun 19, 2019

half of my burning bush is dying

What would cause my burning bush (fire bush) to suddenly die on just one side, in less than a week? (It's approximately 10 years old).

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Jun 18, 2019

My Cactus Is REALLY Growing

Hi there! We got our cactus about 6 months ago and since then it's REALLY been growing. The top of the cactus is mushrooming out, and it's starting to

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Jun 16, 2019

Flower Garden Tips - make yours fabulous

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

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Jun 16, 2019

Flowering Plant Life Cycle - how the blooming cycle works

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

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Jun 16, 2019

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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Jun 15, 2019

What Do I Do With My Succulent Flower Stalk?

What Do I Do With My Succulent Flower Stalk - leave it, or cut it off?

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Jun 14, 2019

21 Unique Succulent Planters - Summer Ideas

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

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Jun 12, 2019

How to Grow Thyme - best tips for happy, healthy thyme plants

How to Grow Thyme; tips and secrets for successfully growing thyme...

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Jun 12, 2019

Thymus pseudolanuginosus - Woolly Thyme

Thymus pseudolanuniginosus, the woolly thyme is hard to resist; looking just like a pale blue green Shetland sweater, it flows down steps in a soft wave and makes a textural thyme lawn

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Jun 12, 2019

Mother's Day

Good morning from Ohio. My 1 year old grandson(so my son and daughter-in-law) got this for me for Mother's Day this year. I've never had a succulent

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Jun 10, 2019

What seed did I buy

Hi,I bought pyracantha seeds and these are what are growing. Are they pyracantha?

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Jun 09, 2019

I done F-ed up. Help please?

Hello I think I made a huge mistake and I’d like help please. I planted three cypress trees about a foot apart, because they’re gorgeous and fill the

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Jun 07, 2019

When can my Mother of Millions go Outside

I have some newly potted Mother of Millions plants. How warm do warm do temperatures need to be for me to leave them outside day and night?

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Jun 07, 2019

Landscaper Shares 4 Tips For Low Water Consumption Landscaping Design

Being able to efficiently use water is an important part about being not just a good landscaper, but also an environmentally conscious one. However,

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Jun 06, 2019

Xeriscaping - dry gardening and xeric gardens; fad, or new mindset?

Xeriscaping is now on all gardeners minds; whether you like it or not, we have challenging conditions to grow our gardens in; get used to it

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Jun 04, 2019

21 Charming Succulent Planters - stay motivated for more ideas

Spring into a brand new season of fun with this round up of 21 Charming Succulent Planters - one or more of them will inspire you for sure...page 3

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Jun 03, 2019

How to Grow Cold Hardy Cacti - the ultimate drought smart plants

Learn How to Grow Cold Hardy Cacti; the ultimate Drought Smart Plants

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Jun 03, 2019

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 03, 2019

Insect Identification - identify the bugs in your xeric garden

Insect Identification is one more facet of gardening to combat pests, attract beneficial pollinators and butterflies, as well as fascinate in its own right...

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Jun 03, 2019

Multi message

Location: Indoors, London, UK Light: Lots of light Temperature: 15-25°C 1.Aloe vera with pups. How much water does it need? Could I get it to flower?

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Jun 03, 2019

Climate Adjustment

I live in Michigan, but I like tropical plants. Is there a way, even if it is over years or something, to adapt tropical plants to growing outside in

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Jun 02, 2019

Spider mites or Fungi

Does my Avocado plant have Fungus or mites? I am terrified to loose him. He is almost 1yr old. about 8 months. I am new to growing and know I have a lot

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May 31, 2019

Distressed and weathered Shabby Chic Painted Pots

Shabby Chic Painted Pots - distressed and weathered, on purpose...

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May 29, 2019

Best Succulent Containers - patio planters & deck pots with succulents

The Best Succulent Containers are textural, lush and overflowing with a wide selection of healthy succulent plants; get ideas here...

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May 29, 2019

Bouys and The tree of lost soles

I have turned beach trash into art. I have planted succulents in buoys and shoes found on the beach and decorated a dead tree. Drought Smart Plants reply:

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May 29, 2019

Crepe Myrtle: Witches Broom

I am located in Atlanta GA. I have a 6 ft Crepe Myrtle total consumed with Witches Broom disease. A Cyprus was previously removed and replaced with this

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May 28, 2019

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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May 28, 2019

Aloe Plants - quirky, spiky, splashed and speckled

Aloe Plants come in all shapes and sizes, splashed, speckled, striped and freckled - find out how to grow them here...

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May 28, 2019

Tender Succulent Plants - those fabulous fat plants

Tender Succulent Plants; if your addiction is just getting off the ground, or well under way, this is information just for you...

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May 27, 2019

Garden Whimsies - Whimsical Garden Art

Whimsical Garden Art - garden whimsies

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May 26, 2019

Blue Shade Ruellia

My blue shade reullia suddenly turned brown and apparently died this spring. What acauses this? WE had lots of rain this spring. Could that be the cause?

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May 26, 2019

Guest Post; The Worst Reason to Buy a Succulent Plant

The Worst Reason to Buy a Succulent Plant...a Guest Post...

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May 25, 2019

Miscellaneous Succulent Plants - short, tall, waxy, fuzzy & tough

More Succulent Plants for the beginner or the avid collector; find out about some of my favorite types of succulent plants to add to your collection...

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May 24, 2019

Kalanchoe daigremontiana - Maternity Plant, or Mother of Thousands

Kalanchoe daigremontiana is the Maternity Plant or Mother of Thousands; bearing live young on the edges of the leaves is not a common trait

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May 23, 2019

Water Capture - rain water harvest

Harvesting rainwater with your Water Capture system will give you clean, non-mineralized and naturally softened water for your garden; with climate change it's time to learn how

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May 23, 2019

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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May 23, 2019

Summer Solstice Garden Tour - The Garden in June

It may be overgrown and lush due to benign neglect, but this is what the garden looks like in June; Summer Solstice Garden Tour

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May 22, 2019

Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery

Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery of these plants identity is solved, and they now have a name; this is the best way to find out how to take care of them...

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May 20, 2019

Supposed to grow in length??

Hi, my name is Roz and I have a co-worker who has this succulent. I think it is part of the Hawthorn, Gasteria, Aloe family but I could be way off. This

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May 20, 2019

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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May 19, 2019

what the heck is this thing...?

Hello! I have had this plant for quite some time now and although it seems to be growing web-bier, it doesn’t look great. It may have come out of a potted

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May 19, 2019

Crassula - unique textures and forms

Crassula have graced homes, dorm rooms and dim corners for ages; recognize them for their contribution of an iron tough plant, with the ability to keep on going in challenging conditions...

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May 19, 2019

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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May 19, 2019

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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May 18, 2019

Seed Propagation - a seed is a tiny plant, in a box with its lunch

Learning Seed Propagation opens a whole new world for making more plants; unlike taking cuttings, growing succulents from seed is a challenge, and so much fun...

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May 14, 2019

Succulent Balls; Sempervivum globes, orbs; wire garden spheres

Build Succulent Balls to display some of my favorite succulents; hardy succulents such as Sedum and Sempervivum thrive...

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May 14, 2019

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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May 14, 2019

Saving Your Own Succulent Seeds - succulent plant propagation

Wanting to grow more succulent plants? Start by Saving Your Own Succulent Seeds and learn how to propagate them...

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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

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - click here to sign up...

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