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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 19, 2018

Write For This Site - guest posts accepted

Guest Posts Accepted - Write for this Site...

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Oct 17, 2018

Overwintering Geraniums - tips and methods

Learn the tips and techniques for successfully Overwintering Geraniums...

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Oct 14, 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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Oct 12, 2018

Wood Sorrel

We have many potted wood sorrel plants and bring them in the house in the winter. Is it possible to just dig up and store the tubers over the winter instead

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Oct 11, 2018

Elephant Ears with seed Pods

I have grown elephant ears for years and have loved them. This spring I bought about 5 more and planted them and I have seed pods galore. I would like

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Oct 09, 2018

weeds

where does cutleaf ground cherry come from? Do deer like it?

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Oct 06, 2018

Would you separate these trees?

A few years back family members gave us several Hibiscus trees which we planted in a row. One had several branches right off the base but we thought nothing

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Oct 05, 2018

Bradford Pears

I live in eastern SC and the Bradford Pear trees are blooming. Not sure why, but I think it's because it was unusually warm all September and continues

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Oct 03, 2018

Water Saving Tips to conserve water in your home and garden

Water Saving Tips can conserve our most precious resource; use water wisely in the garden and utilize what we have - no wanton waste here!

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Sep 30, 2018

cannot identify this succulent; can you help please

would like to purchase this succulent for our daughter; however, the teller in the bank who owns it doesn't know the name of it. Hoping you can help.

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Sep 22, 2018

Echeveria Laui lost its coating

Hello! I have just started to cultivate succulents and I think I have already made my first mistake. My laui got mealy bugs, so I went at my local gardening

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Sep 17, 2018

Hardy Orchids of British Columbia - fragile, yet tough wildflowers

The Hardy Orchids of British Columbia are amazing, varied and tough; their fragile appearance can fool you into believing they're not able to withstand drought...

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Sep 14, 2018

Can you identify this plant please?

We bought this at a plant sale in the UK. The seller didn’t know what it was. It’s now about 12 inches high. Thank you.

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Sep 12, 2018

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 10, 2018

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

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

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Sep 10, 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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Sep 10, 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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Sep 10, 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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Sep 10, 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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Sep 09, 2018

Xeria E-Zine - keep up to date with succulents

Xeria E-Zine; stay up to date with all the news & announcements from Drought Smart Plants...

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Sep 08, 2018

Ferns - not as needy as you might think

Ferns are not normally thought of as drought tolerant, but you might be surprised at their tactics and strategies...

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Sep 06, 2018

Succulent Wedding Bouquet - flowers that aren't flowers at all

Make your own Succulent Wedding Bouquet for the bride and her attendants; what could be more in style, and sustainable?

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Sep 06, 2018

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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Sep 06, 2018

Cactus and identification and value

Unfortunately, A negligent driver jumped the curb in front of my house and took out a large portion of my favorite cactus. I am hoping that you can identify

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Sep 04, 2018

Overwintering Tender Succulents E-Course - quick version

Learn all about Overwintering Tender Succulents with the E-Course quick version; information, fast...

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Sep 01, 2018

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - successful succulent plant survival

Learn all about how to successfully overwinter your succulent plants with the Winterizing Succulents E-Course...

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Sep 01, 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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Aug 31, 2018

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' - the diminutive and sweet Elfin thyme

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'; the most compact and adorable of all thyme varieties; make a thyme lawn or use it to soften and drape

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Aug 27, 2018

Rain Chain - beautify your rain water harvesting system

A Rain Chain is one way to make your rain water harvesting system beautiful; make your own with some thrift store finds or rustic salvage for a unique garden accent

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Aug 19, 2018

Plant identification

Name of this plant

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Aug 19, 2018

A new home.

Hello, I hope you are doing well. I am in a bit of a pickle here. I want to propagate my Pothos to water. Their new home. However, they are too young

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Aug 17, 2018

Autumn Containers - fall display into frost

Around the end of August I try and put together some Autumn Containers; combining grasses, overgrown annuals going cheap at the garden center and some succulents round them out...

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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

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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Winterizing Succulents E-Course

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