Success With Succulents

Discover succulents with Debra Lee Baldwin, bestselling author of
Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens and Succulents Simplified

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Discover how to plan and design lovely, carefree succulent gardens in containers and in the ground. Also under Design you'll find firewise landscaping info, DIY gifts and projects, and holiday decorating ideas - all beautifully showcasing succulents.

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Get expert advice on growing, caring for and propagating succulents. Find out how to water, fertilize, control pests and diseases, overwinter succulents, grow them indoors, and by season and region. Under Varieties, view hundreds of labeled photos of easy-care kinds. 

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Wondering where to find and purchase top-quality succulents? Which tools, books and supplies you need? It's all here under Resources, along with nurseries, public gardens and destinations in America's finest succulent city (San Diego) and beyond.

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Debra's 7 best succulents

In this free PDF exclusively for subscribers to my "Celebrating the Joy of Succulents" newsletter, you'll learn the 7 best easy-care succulents that thrive in pots and landscapes. Whether you're new to growing succulents or an experienced succulent "parent", you'll love these 7 beautiful plants!

Succulent Updates and Articles

Cactus vs Euphorbia (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 28 2021

Euphorbia or Cactus? How to Tell

How can you tell a spiny euphorbia from a cactus? Evaluate these key characteristics: the type of spines, flowers, and leaves (or lack thereof). Recently, while compiling my site's new Euphorbia page, I happily acquired the ability to tell at ...
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Agave damaged by snout-nose weevil (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 25 2021

Treat Your Agaves Before It’s Too Late

How tough are they? Well, after its photo shoot, "My" agave snout-nose weevil went on to live in a tightly lidded glass jar with no sustenance for about a week. Flightless Beetle Lands in Europe I envision the evil weevil ...
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Lauraine's boxes, AFTER

Feb 16 2021

Vinyl Wraps Make Utility Boxes Succulent Artworks

If you notice your utility boxes at all, you probably don't see them as garden enhancements. Yet it's possible for these blocky eyesores to become works of succulent art. Not necessarily by painting them, though. Above and in my new ...
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Kelly Griffin dwarf aloes

Jan 26 2021

Kelly Griffin Collectors’ Group

The savviest succulent collectors frequent a new Facebook group: "All That is Kelly Griffin." Kelly, a renowned succulent breeder, is responsible for dozens of aloe and agave cultivars. Kelly is perhaps best known for colorful dwarf aloes textured with raised ...
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Hooded oriole (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jan 5 2021

Bird Puzzle Feeder: A New Way to Enjoy Your Garden

My bird puzzle feeder is a fun and novel way to observe backyard birds. When given a challenge, birds show persistence, determination, and how clever they are---or not, LOL. In my new Bird Puzzle Feeder video, you'll enjoy nine different ...
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Echeveria garden in pots (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Dec 28 2020

Refresh Your Echeveria Garden

Eighteen months after I planted it, my multipot echeveria garden was looking ratty. Over time, as new leaves formed from the centers of rosettes, lower leaves had dried and clung to ever-lengthening stems. Bloom spikes I'd left intact for hummingbirds were several feet long ...
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