New on YouTube: Make an Autumn Succulent Wreath

Autumn Succulent Wreath
Using orange and yellow succulent cuttings from my garden with  blue-toned ones for contrast, I created an autumn-themed wreath suitable for an entry, garden wall or gate. Wreaths also work well as table centerpieces (laid flat) and make great hostess gifts. This one has fall colors, but the simple techniques I demonstrate work for any succulent wreath in any season. Also be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel, now at more than TWO MILLION total views!

Now Available! My 2017 Succulent Watercolors Calendar

Succulent calendar 2017

Twelve new paintings interpret some of my favorite photos and reflect my new-found delight in high-quality tube paints (by Daniel Smith—pricey, but a little goes a long way). Some of the images also appear as line drawings in my Sensational Succulents coloring book.

My calendars and other succulent-themed gift items are available at my Zazzle store. Never pay full price at Zazzle. They charge too much! I use them because their production values are high and there’s no overhead, leaving me free to paint and design. (I receive 10%.)  Zazzle doesn’t make it easy to pass along discounts, but here’s a 20%-off code to copy-and-paste when you order: HZGUHTNYMVIIMXPRXNIU. Regularly $22.


Debra Lee Baldwin at Succulent Gardens Nursery

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!


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Designing With Succulents by Debra Lee Baldwin

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 by Debra Lee Baldwin

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

Succulents Simplified by Debra Lee Baldwin

Succulents Simplified

“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!


Succulent Plants are for Everyone

Succulents are for Everyone!


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.


My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via blog posts, newsletters, public speaking and workshops, photos, videos, merchandise, and social media. I am happy to champion the growing love of succulents.
Debra Lee Baldwin- Garden Photojournalist and Author