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The Drought Smart Plants Blog...

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 22, 2018

Angel Garden Statues - protect your garden

Protect your garden with Angel Garden Statues - unique garden art...

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Apr 21, 2018

Weed-free Xeriscaping - lush dry landscapes without weeds

Your Weed-free Xeriscaping begins with the preparation of the soil; barring that, mulch, mulch, mulch...

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Apr 20, 2018

Rock Retaining Wall - nooks, crannies & niches for hardy succulents

Build a Rock Retaining Wall, and make your hardy succulents extremely happy; perfect drainage and warmth from the rocks provide ideal conditions for hardy succulents and wildlife alike...

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Apr 19, 2018

Why is my Succulent dying? and what can I do about it?

Why is my Succulent dying; and what can I do about it; common causes of plant hysterics and problems

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Apr 18, 2018

Succulent Wreaths - focal points that will knock your socks off

Succulent Wreaths; use those gorgeous succulent plants for a stunning garden craft to display as a centerpiece, or to hang on a wall or fence...

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Apr 17, 2018

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, 2018

Sedum selskianum - the straight species

Sedum selskianum is an odd little plant with extremely coarse foliage and fuzzy stems, totally unlike most other stonecrops...

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Apr 15, 2018

Trough Gardens - troughs for alpine plants & 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 15, 2018

21 Charming Succulent Planters - more inspiration

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 2

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Apr 14, 2018

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

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

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Apr 14, 2018

10 Best Xeric Plants - choose these for your xeriscaping

10 Best Xeric Plants; reliable, tough and versatile, these perennials for the xeriscape garden add good bones to the garden...

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Apr 13, 2018

Sedum sexangulare, the Six Sided Stonecrop

Sedum sexangulare is the Six Sided Stonecrop, which describes it perfectly; bright green fuzzy stems, topped with bright yellow flowers for weeks is a showstopper for xeriscape landscapes...

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Apr 12, 2018

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 12, 2018

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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Apr 12, 2018

Sedum dasyphyllum; clouds of white flowers on a tiny blue plant

Sedum dasyphyllum is a miniature little Stonecrop, with tiny blue torpedo shaped leaves, covered in clouds of white flowers in June...

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Apr 11, 2018

white spots on gollum

I recently installed a water softener and now notice white spots on my gollum but not other succulents.They are not scale or dust mites. I read somewhere

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Apr 11, 2018

Wildlife Gardening - invite the wild creatures in

Wildlife Gardening is more than just watching the birds; it's combining plants, shrubs and trees to actively attract them, as well as many other creatures that can feel welcome in your garden...

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Apr 10, 2018

Xeriscaping E-Course; download your copy now

The Xeriscaping E-Course download is now available; get your copy now, and create your lush oasis with less water...

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Apr 09, 2018

Horticulturist or Horticulturalist - that is the question

Is it Horticulturist or Horticulturalist? That is the question; find out what it takes to become a garden and plant expert, you may be surprised!

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Apr 08, 2018

Garden Tour of my Xeric Garden; demonstration xeriscaping

Come and have a Garden Tour; see xeriscaping in action with my demonstration gardens; find out which plants thrive in low maintenance situations...

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Apr 07, 2018

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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Apr 06, 2018

What Are Succulent Plants - Definition of Succulent

Definition of Succulent - what are succulent plants?

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Apr 06, 2018

Haworthia - the jewels of the succulent world

Find out more about Haworthia; those cute, reliable little aloe-like succulents with unusual markings and traits

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Apr 06, 2018

Propagating Hardy Succulents by Division - ways to make more plants

Learn about Propagating Hardy Succulents by Division; a simple and easy method of making more plants for your garden...

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Apr 05, 2018

Green Roof Sedum - best stonecrops for roof gardens & meadows

Green Roof Sedum have to be tough, reliable, and resilient to survive the challenging conditions of a roof meadow

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Apr 04, 2018

Purple ends on african milk tree

Hi Jacki, My African milk tree has been growing and doing really well. However, lately I've noticed it is getting purple at the ends, just on the inside

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Apr 04, 2018

Choose the Hypertufa Pot that appeals and what that says about you...

Your Favorite Hypertufa Pot, and what that says about you - find out your personality trait based on which planter appeals most...

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Apr 03, 2018

Privacy plants in smaller volume planters

Hi, I've made some planters to sit on top a block wall to obscure the junk my new neighbors keep in their front yard. The planters are made of composite

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Apr 03, 2018

Vintage Sink Garden - making beauty out of junk

This Vintage Sink Garden is just one way to celebrate your junk; planted with hardy succulents and displayed in pride of place it's something beautiful made from trash...

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Apr 02, 2018

Ledebouria, the Leopard Squill - a distinctive drought tolerant plant

Ledebouria is an interesting genus, with several great little plants; all of these are more of a companion plant to other succulents and combine well in planters and containers...

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Apr 01, 2018

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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Mar 31, 2018

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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Mar 30, 2018

How much salt is too much?

I am doing an experiment for my science project. I am determining what effects potassium will have on the growth of garden spinach (potassium is used in

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Mar 30, 2018

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

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

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Mar 29, 2018

Patio Design Ideas - your perfect relaxing spot

Your perfect Patio Design; Ideas for your custom relaxation spot in a xeriscape garden; it doesn't have to be dry and dusty...

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Mar 28, 2018

More Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery

More 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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Mar 27, 2018

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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Mar 27, 2018

Sedum divergens; pretty small scale stonecrop, but incredibly tough

Sedum divergens is one of the shyest little stonecrops - it's not immediately obvious how tough and resilient this little plant actually is...

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Mar 26, 2018

Poisonous Succulent Plants - common sense guidelines for safety

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

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Mar 25, 2018

It's Time to Start Your Succulent Plant Business

It's time to Start Your Succulent Plant Business...don't waste another minute...

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Mar 25, 2018

Sedum 'Vera Jameson'; mid sized, well behaved little lady stonecrop

Sedum 'Vera Jameson' is a well behaved, neat and tidy little stonecrop, with greyish foliage, nicely veined with mahogany...

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Mar 24, 2018

Succulent Sphere; wire garden spheres filled with succulents

Make your own Succulent Sphere; globes or orbs planted with Sempervivum & succulents for a unique garden craft; simple to make and plant...

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Mar 24, 2018

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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Mar 23, 2018

How to Grow Echeveria - a guide to the most gorgeous Echeveria ever

How to Grow Echeveria; find out the secrets, tips and hints from a Certified Horticulturist; these plants are some of the most beautiful of all succulent plants...

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Mar 23, 2018

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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Mar 22, 2018

10 Best Succulents for Beginners - Which Succulent Should I Get?

Have instant success with these 10 Best Succulents for Beginners; easy and most successful types of succulents

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Mar 22, 2018

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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Mar 22, 2018

Sempervivum Wedding Flowers - prepare them for bouquets & boutonierres

Sempervivum Wedding Flowers are my stock in trade; here's how to prepare them...

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Mar 21, 2018

Peperomia - classic favorites for terrarium plantings

Peperomia are a genus of a wide variation of interesting, textured and easy going succulent house plants

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Winterizing Succulents E-Course

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