Spring has shot out of the starting gate. I’m busy preparing new presentations to enlighten and entertain you on my favorite topic: Succulents! I’ll talk about the plants’ care and cultivation, new introductions, great ideas designers have come up with, plus how to select and grow the perfect succulents for your garden, lifestyle and area. Will I be at a venue near you? [Read more]
No doubt you know that Garden Design is a fabulous “bookazine” for those who love luscious photos of gorgeous gardens and superb design. It’s a huge honor and a high point of my career to be profiled in the Spring 2016 issue as a “groundbreaker” (see “Succulent Chic,” pp. 32-35). Consequently, I took the opportunity to come out as a cactus lover. Well, I had to. [Read more]
Debra Lee Baldwin
Welcome! This site, as well as my three books on succulents, are dedicated to helping you grow and enjoy a wide variety of “plants that drink responsibly” in landscapes, gardens, containers and design projects. Jump right into information on succulents, check out the most frequently asked questions about succulents, or continue down the homepage. Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!
Which of my books is best for you?
Designing With Succulents
“Baldwin hit the mark…Her easy to understand writing style is user friendly to the backyard gardener, yet the breadth of information is just as appealing to the expert. Baldwin should be commended for what might be the best succulent landscaping book written to date.” – Scripps Howard News Service
Succulent Container Gardens
“…wows you with images and descriptions of creative designs and displays. Every aspect of cultivation from sun exposure to watering, repotting, soil choices, and selecting containers is presented in a writing style that is not only informative, but bubbles up from the page.” – Fine Gardening Magazine
“Whether you’re just starting out with succulents or looking to grow your collection, this book contains everything you need to know to grow them successfully — design ideas, seasonal care tips, quick projects, and a list of the top 100 easiest kinds, from bizarre to beautiful.” – Sunset Magazine
“The growing interest in succulents on the part of the gardening public can be attributed primarily to one person: Debra Lee Baldwin.”
– Australian nurseryman and author Attila Kaptitany, in his address to the biennial convention of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America.
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Why succulents? It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!
1. The current drought in the state of California is at nothing short of an emergency level. Most succulents have very low water needs– some needing no water at all. An additional benefit, especially considering just how dry the general landscape of arid regions in California have become, many succulents are fire-resistant and fire-retardant.
2. Succulents are simple to cultivate, propagate, acquire, and maintain. One of my favorite concepts in working with succulents is that of benign neglect— often times the best strategy to keep your succulents looking beautiful is to remember to forget about tending to them. Overwatering is one of the easiest ways to prematurely end the life of your succulents!
3. The leaves and stems of succulents come in colors from the entire spectrum of the color wheel. They range in size from ground covers to trees and many have beautiful, geometric shapes. These attributes allow both garden enthusiasts and landscape design professionals to create dynamic, compelling and attractive arrangements in all shapes and sizes.