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My Treasured Succulents

Hens & Chicks with Sensible Gardening and Living

Hardy succulents have long been a mainstay in my dry land garden. I grow numerous sedums, sempervivums and euphorbias. These are tuff as nail plants that never let me down and add much decorative and unique interest to my garden. For what ever reason, succulents have really hit the red carpet in the plant world this season and our local…

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Gardening in Gravel

Gardening in Gravel at Sensible Gardening and Living

The idea of gardening in gravel is not a new idea. With concerns of water conservation, the whole concept of dry land gardening or xeriscape has become very popular, and gravel gardens lend themselves perfectly to these ideas. Not to mention the Japanese have been using gravel gardens for centuries in their contemplation gardens. The physical attributes of gravel make…

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DIY PROJECTS/BEES

Expensive Junk / Birdbath turns Planter

Re-purpose a bird bath into a garden planter with Sensible Gardening

Yes, we all have some. You bite the bullet on something special only to find out that it’s not what it’s all cracked up to be. Or in this case it is, cracked I mean. Several years ago I bought and paid a premium price on a cement bird bath. Very nice piece, classy looking and definitely a great addition…

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Sedums (Stonecrop)

Sedums at Sensible Gardening and Living

Sedum is a large group of plants encompassing ground covers suitable for rock gardens right up to 3 feet tall busy specimens. They are usually succulent annuals, or evergreen or semi-evergreen biennials, perennials, shrubs or sub shrubs. Many are very hardy for the outdoor garden and other more tender species can be grown as house plants in northern climates. When…

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Sedums

Sedums with Sensible Gardening and Living

Sedums, often referred to as stonecrop, are one of my favorite garden plants. Probably because they are so tough for my relenting garden conditions of poor soil and drought. With so many different cultivars to choose from I can use them as ground covers, in the rockery, in containers and perennial borders. Sedums are hardy succulents, and store water in…

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