Succulents

Kalanchoe Milliotii- Ornamental Succulent from Madagascar

Kalanchoe millioti plant

Kalanchoe milliotii is a member of the crassulaceae family.  It is a n ornamental succulent plant that is native to Madagascar. Since it is not particularly cold hardy, it is grown as an indoor plant in most areas of the country. This tender succulent will only tolerate a light frost.  It is only hardy to…

PlantSnap Mobile App – Tips and Tricks for Best Results

I have been compensated by PlantSnap for this post. All opinions are mine alone. #hunting4plants It’s time to try the PlantSnap Mobile App. Have you ever been in a garden setting and wondered how to identify a plant that you have just come across? So have I! That is where the PlantSnap mobile app comes into use.…

Propagating Succulents – How to Propagate Succulents from Cuttings

Propagating succulents

 Succulents are very drought hardy plants that are often uses for indoor gardens.  They are easy to grow and also easy to root for new plants.  These tips for propagating succulents will give you dozens of extra plants in no time at all. Get plants for free with these tips for propagating succulents. Plants for…

Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Succulent Bird Cage Planter

I just love using household items in my garden in a creative way.  Today’s project is going to be to transform an old birdcage into a succulent birdcage planter. Succulents require very little maintenance and this makes them the perfect choice for this type of project.  You can place the birdcage on an occasional table, hang…

Air Plant Holders – Containers to Display Your Tillandsia Collection

air plant planters

Air plants are not only fun to grow, they are also fun to display.  So many household items can be fashioned into containers for these sweet little plants that don’t need soil to grow.  These air plant holders are cute. compact and perfect to display your tillandsia collection. Have you tried growing air plants? These…

Cement Blocks Raised Garden Bed

Cement Blocks Raised Garden Bed

A few years ago, I used a group of cement blocks to make a corner planter for my succulents. I LIKED it but didn’t love it.  It was more of a plant shelf than a planter and the succulents never quite gave it the look that I wanted. This past weekend, I took it all…

Lithops Care – How to Grow Living Stones

Red Lithops Plant

The term living stones seems to be a paradox?  How can a stone be alive, you might ask?  Lithops, a variety of succulent from South Africa, has the common name living stone.  This interesting succulent has a shape that resembles a cloven hoof, and it looks right at home in any rocky or sandy garden…

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Any one for a cup of coffee ~ terrarium style?  I am always looking for household items to recycle into charming plant containers.  Since the weather is cold outside, I am concentrating on indoor plants for the moment.  This cute coffee pot terrarium is the perfect bit of household plant decor to have nearby when…

Rustic Succulent Planters That Can Take the Heat

Succulent planter ideas

Here in North Carolina, spring and fall is a charm in the garden, but when the heat of summer arrives, many plants can take a real hit from Mother Nature.  For the last few years, I have been experimenting more and more with succulents.  These drought hard plants can really take the heat and can…

Tips for Growing Air Plants – Tillandsia

Tillandsia is also known as an air plant. Air plants are a member of the epiphyte family. This plant needs no soil to grow and gets its nourishment from the air.  Air plants have specialized leaves that draw in nutrients. An air plant can also have roots, but it uses these only to attach itself…

DIY Succulent Strawberry Planter

This strawberry planter is planted with succulents for a charming effect. See the DIY project at thegardeningcook.com/succulent-strawberry-planter

Make your own Succulent Strawberry Planter. I love strawberry planters.  The pockets on the side are perfect for plants that send out offshoots. Each little “baby” can fit into the protruding pockets to make their own little home. They are perfect for strawberry plants (of course!), spider plants and other plants like strawberry begonias. Today…

14 Tips for a Successful Garden Make Over

14 tips to a successful garden makeover

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Get A Successful Garden Make Over With 14 Easy Tips. It’s that time again. Time to transform one of my garden beds that just won’t seem to keep to a single design. I call it my…

DIY Cement Blocks Plant Shelf

DIY Cement Blocks planter

I love recycling old materials into something new. A big collection of cement blocks got a new lease on life today. This cement blocks Plant Shelf project is the perfect way to show off a collection of plants and to add a focal point to a garden bed. Tidy up your Plant Pots with This DIY…

My Garden in May – Lots of Flowers in Bloom Now

This is just a hint of my garden in North Carolina in May. See more great photos and lots of details at thegardeningcook.com

This year has been a series of set backs in my garden.  It is almost the end of May and I’m way behind, but finally have some progress to show for all my work. Things that set me back were: My father’s death in February which resulted in two trips to Maine. A very long…

The Garden Charmers Share their Favorite Facebook Pages

The Garden Charmers Favorite Facebook pages

Facebook has so many great pages devoted to gardening, but the way the site now shows the content of pages, it is sometimes hard for them to get seen on news feeds. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a GREAT Facebook page) to each share their own favorite Gardening page on…

How to Grow Echeveria And Crassulas

How to Grow Echeveria

Drought Resistant Echeveria are Easy to Grow One of the most popular forms of plants lately is the succulents.  They are easy to grow, tolerate most conditions other than over watering and are so interesting in growth habits and form.    Most of these are part of the family of succulents called Crassulaceae. One variety of…

Creative Succulent Planters

Great round up of creative succulent planters

Succulents are such neat little plants. They can withstand a great deal of neglect and still keep on growing.  They have great flowers (if you have the right conditions and are lucky and have a green thumb) and are very interesting in their own right when it comes to shape and design.  Creative succulent planters…

Repotting Succulents – An Exercise in Frustration

My succulent repotting disaster

Re-potting Succulents and Cacti Took me all Afternoon. Re-potting my succulents and cacti was not as easy as I thought it was going be.  I had a few that I had neglected for years waiting for just the right planter to put them in. They were a sad little group for sure.  I figured that…

Fan Flower – Sedum Echeveria – Time Line Photos

Echeveria timeline for flowering

Echeveria in Flower I often ask the fans of The Gardening Cook on Facebook to share their gardening photos.  One fan who has often shared with us, Diamond Victoria, has a delightful echeveria about to flower and has shared some photos showing the time line as the flowers are growing. Echeveria is a succulent.  It…

Best Succulent Containers Contest 2013

Succulent Contest

Great Succulent Contest from my Friend’s website. Do you love succulents?  If so, you may be interested in a contest that my friend Jacki from Drought Smart Plants is currently running. Succulents are one of my favorite plants.  I lived in Australia for 15 years, this type of plant was very commonly grown there, both…