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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!

Oct 21, 2019

Water Conservation - our most precious resource - use it wisely

Water Conservation; a precious resource which we have to use wisely by growing succulents and drought tolerant plants in our xeriscape gardens

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Oct 18, 2019

How To Make Hypertufa

How To Make Hypertufa...

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Oct 18, 2019

Columar Spruce Loosing Bark

My Columar Spruce is loosing bark at the base of the tree. This started happening two years ago. Is my spruce doomed? We live Colorado in Zone 5a.

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Oct 18, 2019

Growing and dormant times

I have lots of succulents but still confused with growing and dormant times. Since most are from different countries do we follow that countries growing

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Oct 17, 2019

10 Best Perennials for Butterflies - choose from these...

Choose from these 10 Best Perennials for Butterflies, and attract flying flowers to your garden...

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Oct 16, 2019

Pest Control - eliminate insects and pests on succulent plants

Use natural Pest Control to eliminate insects and pests on your succulent plants; mechanical methods such as trapping, using diatomaceous earth or other natural materials or cultivation...

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Oct 16, 2019

Diatomaceous Earth - tiny fossilized sea creatures

Diatomaceous Earth is one of the best natural pest controls there is; and it's completely safe for the environment, not so much for the bugs in your garden...

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Oct 16, 2019

How do I grow white Agapathus from seed? They seem to always grow blue!

How do I grow White Agapathus from seed? They seem to always grow blue!

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Oct 15, 2019

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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Oct 14, 2019

Succulents Pot Size - how big a pot do they need?

How big a pot do succulent plants need? Succulents Pot Size tips...

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Oct 11, 2019

Too much or too little watering?

The leaves on my avocado seedling are turning black, curling and getting dry and brittle on the edges. I keep the soil moist and it gets light, indirect

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Oct 10, 2019

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

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

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Oct 09, 2019

Drought Tolerant Plants - water wise & low maintenance landscaping

Drought Tolerant Plants can add a lush and luxurious look to your garden, xeric or not...

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Oct 09, 2019

Fairy Garden Plants; get in on the miniature landscape craze

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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Oct 09, 2019

Epiphyllum - the tree dwelling Orchid Cactus

Epiphyllum are commonly known as Orchid Cactus for their dinner plate sized flowers; once you see them, you recognize them anywhere...

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Oct 08, 2019

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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Oct 08, 2019

Growing Banana Trees in a Drought-Tolerant Garden

Banana Trees are tropical plants. They love rich, deep soils. They love water, both in the soil and the air (humidity). They don’t like hot sun, they don’t

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Oct 06, 2019

Help! It's wilting.

My hairy opuntia is wilting and I don’t know why. It gets lots of sunlight and little water. Will it recover or should I cut off the wilty parts?

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Oct 06, 2019

Peace and Loud

Hello, I've been thinking about getting a plant for my bedroom, but I play loud music(drums) there, and I've seen people on the internet state that some

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Oct 03, 2019

Rustic Garden Signs - whimsical sayings to embellish your garden

Rustic Garden Signs - whimsical garden art

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Oct 02, 2019

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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Oct 01, 2019

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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Sep 30, 2019

Problem crabapple tree

My 5 year old crabapple tree is not blooming on most branches - only a couple still get leaves. It was like this now for 2 seasons. The bark looks like

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Sep 30, 2019

Melting agaves?

My agaves were beautiful a year ago, and now they look like they are melting. I moved them about 20 feet from last year. They still get full sun through

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Sep 30, 2019

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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Sep 29, 2019

Succulent Planter - use these great mix & match succulent plants

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

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Sep 28, 2019

How To Plan a Low Maintenance Garden

Less work, more flowers, and food. That’s a win-win situation for any gardener. It’s very possible to have a low maintenance garden that practically takes

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Sep 27, 2019

Sempervivum Picture Gallery E-L varieties and species

Sempervivum Picture Gallery in alphabetical order from E-L; choose some of these gorgeous hardy succulents for rockeries, mixed with some Sedum in a container, or for crafts...

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Sep 26, 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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Sep 26, 2019

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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Sep 25, 2019

Sempervivum Problems, Diseases & Pests - help for your hens and chicks

Sempervivum Problems, Diseases and Pests - help for your Hens and Chicks plants to grow robust and strong...

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Sep 24, 2019

Informing and Interesting Succulent Articles

Read About Succulents - Succulent Articles...

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Sep 21, 2019

Early Fall Gardening

The growing season is winding down but there are still some important tasks to take care of to ensure a healthy, thriving xeriscaped landscape in the spring.

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Sep 21, 2019

Autumn in the Xeric Garden - you thought summer color was great...

If you thought the summer color was great, wait until Autumn in the Xeric Garden; it will rip your eyeballs out...

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Sep 07, 2019

scheffleara

i have a schefflera that has been in the same pot for 15 years and the roots are coiled up and coming to the surface of the pot..roots probable 5 feet

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Sep 01, 2019

Need help says my plants !!

Hi, of late my Lantana and Rangoon creeper are suffering from unknown diseases. Grey spots on the upper surface of Lantana leaves and brownish powdery

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Aug 24, 2019

Fungus on sunflowers

I recently got around to treating my fungus infected sunflowers too late. Should I uproot them or cut them at the base?

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Aug 23, 2019

Soggy leaves

Good morning thank you for your response . I purchased this plant about 3 weeks ago and the leaves were thick and plump. Some of the leaves are wilted

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Aug 22, 2019

Help with my cactus

Hi! I have a cactus that did excellent last year and this year is brown and yellow. The cactus is located in the same spot as last year. I can’t tell the

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Aug 21, 2019

Help! What are these?

Hi, I have two succulents that I have no idea what they are. I would appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide. The first is the green bushy

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Aug 20, 2019

Light Requirements for Succulents - how bright is bright?

How bright is bright? Light Requirements for Succulents...

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Aug 19, 2019

Xeric Plants - the crowning glory of your xeriscaping garden

Xeric Plants are drought tolerant, tough and beautiful; find out which are my most recommended for challenging conditions...

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Aug 19, 2019

Distressed and weathered Shabby Chic Painted Pots

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

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Aug 17, 2019

Indian climate for succulents

I'm from middle India. In summers it's around 45° celsius or 113° Fahrenheit. 90% of my succulents died. They were quite easy to grow species but still

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Aug 15, 2019

Aphids on Succulents

Most species of succulent such as Jade Plant, Agave, or Crassula Tetragona are tough and will survive on a strong heat of summer. They are drought-tolerant

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Aug 14, 2019

Vine growing on fence

I’m in East Tennessee and there is a vine growing on my fence and producing big green bulbs with seeds in them, what are they?

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Aug 07, 2019

reminds me of a cat tail

It's green and has these thorn looking leaves sprouting upwards and it curls like a cats tail, do you know what it is? Drought Smart Plants reply: Hi

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Aug 07, 2019

Flower or Leaf?

Can you give the name of this flower?

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Jul 30, 2019

Plant Pests Handbook - natural methods of biological pest control

Buy the Plant Pests HandBook here; biological pest control, natural insect repellents...

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Winterizing Succulents E-Course

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