Succulents

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

This DIY Succulent Strawberry Planter is a great way to display a variety of succulents in one planter so that each plant has its own special space. If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It tells what to look for, what to…

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. If you love succulents as much as I…

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. Facebook is one of the most popular of the social media channels. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a…

Aloe Vera Plants have Countless Medical Benefits

Aloe Vera has many medical benefits. It is easy to grow and the gel is great to use in many ways.

I have gone through periods in my life when I don’t have many indoor plants or container plants outside.  But there is one plant that I have always seemed to have on hand, and that is an aloe vera. Succulents like echeveria are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow and make fantastic…

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 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 I’d have them re-potted in 20 minutes or…

Fan Flower – Echeveria – Time Line Photos

Echeveria timeline for flowering

The flowering of this echeveria is a sight to behold.  This drought tolerant echeveria has the most spectacular flowers that last for weeks. Succulents like echeveria are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow and make fantastic houseplants.  Be sure to check out my tips for how to care for succulents. I often…

Best Succulent Containers Contest 2013

Succulent Contest

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