My books on succulents provide in-depth information on growing, planting, maintaining, and designing with succulents. Order them by clicking below or wherever books are sold.

Designing with Succulents, 10th anniversary celebratory second edition 
Available Aug. 27, 2017!

It’s almost here: The completely revised, 10th anniversary, second edition of the book that launched global interest in succulents and made horticultural history: Designing with Succulents. Illustrated with 400 gorgeous photos, DwS-2 encapsulates the essentials of the original edition along with a decade’s worth of appealing and innovative ideas. I explain 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. 

Succulents Simplified by Debra Lee Baldwin

Succulents Simplified

I introduce 100 of the best succulents for gardens and containers, explain how to grow them, and give step-by-step methods for using them in appealing, design-oriented projects.

This, my third book about succulents, is a kind of prequel to the previous two. It’s a guide for novice enthusiasts, a quick reference for anyone seeking a good overview, and a vehicle for presenting design ideas I’m excited about. Throughout, I share my perspective on a subject that has become my passion.

“Ms. Baldwin’s step-by-step projects for crafters as well as numerous container and dish gardens give Succulents Simplified a wider appeal than a straight gardening book. It’s the perfect starter volume for those new to succulents, while satisfying and delighting veterans with the variation and solid growing tips based on the author’s evident joy in succulents and cacti.” —New York Journal of Books


Succulent Container Gardens by Debra Lee Baldwin

Succulent Container Gardens

Shows how anyone regardless of climate or space constraints can grow sculptural, low-water succulents in a wide variety of easy-care and beautiful potted gardens.

Named one of Amazon’s top 10 gardening books for 2010 and recommended by the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Sunset Magazine, Phoenix Home and Garden and numerous other publications.

— Best succulents for pots
— Small-space solutions indoors and out
— Smart, simple plant care techniques
— 300+ colorful and creative ideas

“With gorgeous photos on nearly every page, Debra Lee Baldwin’s Succulent Container Gardens celebrates these low-water, easy-care plants and shows endless ways to display them in your garden.” —Sunset Magazine


Designing With Succulents by Debra Lee Baldwin

Designing with Succulents (original edition, 2007)

THE book that Southern and coastal CA homeowners need in order to design and create easy-care gardens of succulents and waterwise companion plants. There is also a French edition of Designing With Succulents.

Among Amazon’s Best Ten Books of 2007 in the category Home & Garden.

— Hundreds of plant recommendations from 50+ genera of the best succulents for residential landscapes.
— 90 easy-care, drought-tolerant companion plants
— 300 photos of exceptional public and private gardens.
— The creativity of 22 landscapers and 30 homeowners.
— Dozens of appealing ideas for container plantings.
— Gardens that range from Mexico to British Columbia.

“Debra Lee Baldwin inspires us to look at succulents as living sculptures… Designing with Succulents is inspiring, practical, and complete—a treasure for any gardener who loves these otherworldly beauties.” —Sunset Magazine

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Sensational Succulents Coloring Book

Features 75 illustrations by renowned European artist Laura Serra inspired by my photographs (including many from my books). Sensational Succulents showcases an extensive array of succulents and emphasizes their melodic geometry and exquisite patterns. This beautifully illustrated book offers hours of restorative, creative fun and a fresh way to enjoy your favorite plants. Makes a great gift! View the photos the book’s illustrations are based on and download a sample page.

“What could be better inspiration for artists than the intricate rosettes and fractal-like patterns found in so many succulents?” — Genevieve Schmidt, North Coast Journal


Any time you go to by clicking on a book on my Books Page, regardless of what you buy, as an Amazon Associate I receive a small percentage of your purchase amount.

Orphan in Malawi

I donate 50% of the proceeds to Medical Servants International to assist the kids of Helping Hands Orphanage during the famine. Life is tough enough in Malawi, Africa (numerous orphans due to the AIDS epidemic) and is about to become dire. My long-time friend Sandi Dixon (Marks) has visited the orphanage twice and has been involved with it for over a decade.

No need to buy a book. Next time you plan to shop on Amazon…


1. Go to my website’s Succulent Books Page. (In this case, you’re already there!)

2. Click on any book. That’ll take you to its Amazon page via my Affiliate link.

3. Go to the search bar at the top of the page and type in whatever you’re shopping for.

4. Know that a percentage of your purchase will positively impact a child’s life!


Note: My Amazon Associates link will NOT work if embedded in an email. It automatically goes to a gray default page. Amazon wants it that way (go figure). So the only way we can make this work is for you (and, hopefully, your many friends) to click on a product with the link embedded in it—i.e. one of the books above. Let’s feed those kids!