Also new on my YouTube channel: Jeanne Meadow Pairs Art Pots with Succulents and Summer Care for Succulents 

Succulents, Shells and Summer:
My potting demo at Roger’s Gardens

New Roger’s Gardens potting-demo video! In “Succulents, Shells and Summer” (23:30), I create a trio of sea-themed containers perfect for a patio.

My article of the same title takes you behind the scenes: “When I arrived at Roger’s Gardens (the largest independently owned garden center on the West Coast) at 8 a.m., I hit the ground running. Roger’s is a 75-minute drive from my home, and I was scheduled to go on at 9 a.m. Did I mention I’m not a morning person? Or that I had only a vague idea how I was going to “wow” a packed house?” [Read more]

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Yippee! It’s Almost Here!

I’m proud to announce the 10th anniversary, second edition of the book that launched global interest in succulents: Designing with Succulents. Illustrated with 400 gorgeous photos, this edition is basically a brand new book. It encapsulates the essentials of the original along with a decade’s worth of appealing and innovative ideas. This is THE book on how to select, care for, and combine hundreds of varieties of succulents and companion plants to create eye-catching, easy-care gardens large and small. Pre-order now. Ships August 27. 


Portrait of Debra Lee Baldwin by Saxon Holt

Welcome! This site, as well as my three books on succulents, YouTube videos, newsletters, and more are dedicated to helping you grow and enjoy a wide variety of “plants that drink responsibly” in landscapes, gardens, containers and design projects. Enjoy, and thanks for visiting! ~ Debra Lee Baldwin

“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.

“Your books are the very best and most useful on the subject of succulent gardening. Great work!” ~ Pat Welsh, author, Southern California Gardening Month-by-Month.

“One of the best speakers we have here.” ~ Ron Vanderhoff, Roger’s Gardens Nursery, Corona del Mar, CA

“Just a fabulous newsletter (but all are fab!). I picked up MANY ideas for enhancing my garden…Thank you, Debra, for the time and expertise you put into this endeavor. I am always inspired by your newsletter and your lovely, informative books. 😊 ” ~ Newsletter subscriber Pat Boylan, Salinas, CA


“I am really enjoying your Craftsy class and all your YouTube videos.  You have a wonderful sense of humor while imparting invaluable information.” — Deb Dahlseid, Point Loma, CA