Success With Succulents

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

Welcome! I'm continually updating my site, now with 100+ pages on every aspect of succulents. Want a plant ID? Go to TYPES OF SUCCULENTS. Worried? Go to PESTS AND PROBLEMS. Want to grow the plants perfectly? Go to SUCCULENT CARE BASICS. Need garden maintenace? See REFERRALS. Looking for something specific? Check the MENU or use the SEARCH bar above. Feeling overwhelmed? Browse until you're better, or CONTACT me. Now relax and have fun. You've come to the right place. ~ Debra Lee Baldwin 

succulents in the ground

HOW-TO'S, TIPS & IDEAS

SUCCULENT DESIGN

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.

succulent being watered

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

SUCCULENT CARE

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. 

succulents in pots on a windowsill

LOCAL & NATIONAL

SUCCULENT RESOURCES

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

Succulent watercolor calendar (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Oct 13 2021

Announcing my Succulent Watercolor Calendar

Announcing my 2022 Succulent Watercolor Calendar! It features a dozen new, vibrant paintings depicting some of my favorite photos of succulents. A great gift!
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Agaves book cover

Oct 12 2021

New Must-Have Agave Book

The new book, "Agaves: Species, Cultivars & Hybrids" by Jeremy Spath and Jeff Moore is a must-have for its images alone. Stunning photos capture the beauty and fierceness of these sculptural succulents in ways both artistic and definitive.  It's a must-have for plant IDs
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Windowsill succulents with glass topdressing (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Oct 4 2021

Succulent Windowsill Pots DIY

In my Succulent Windowsill Pots DIY here and on YouTube, you'll find out how to make a simple, colorful succulent windowsill garden. Whenever you glance out your window at work or home, you'll see and enjoy your living gems.
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Succulent pumpkin (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 27 2021

Succulent Pumpkin Designs, DIY, Video

SUCCULENT PUMPKIN DESIGNS, DIY, VIDEO: Use these stellar examples to inspire your own "pumpculents." The first nine are by Laura Eubanks, who pioneered succulent pumpkins in 2005.
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Yuccas and agaves (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 21 2021

Check Agave Relatives for Weevils

Check agave relatives for snout-nose weevil. Don't wait for signs of infestation; take preventative measures now to protect your agaves, furcraeas, beaucarneas, mangaves and yuccas. See photos.
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Succulent Cafe (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 15 2021

Annie and Me at The Succulent Cafe

During succulent celebrity Annie Schreck's week-long visit to Southern CA, of course we went to The Succulent Cafe in Carlsbad near San Diego. As we sit amid walls of succulents and chat over lavender mocha coffee, Annie tells how she has "the coolest job in the world" despite its location
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Aeonium 'Zwartkop' (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 10 2021

When Aeoniums Get Leggy

When aeoniums get leggy, cut off the tops, leaving an inch or two of stem, and throw the rest of the plant away, roots and all. Replant each rosette as a cutting. Insert it into the soil, so it sits just above the ground. The best time
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Succulent topiaries by Pat Hammer

Aug 31 2021

Succulent Topiary Tips, Care and How-To

Expert Pat Hammer shows step-by-step how to make a succulent topiary beginning with a moss-filled wire frame and cuttings. Pat shares design, DIY, watering, pruning, long-term care, and helpful tips.
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Aeoniums w Annie & Debra

Aug 24 2021

Aeoniums with Annie Starring ‘Lily Pad’

When succulent star Annie Schreck visited recently, we did a video about aeoniums and planted several in container gardens. Learn about handling aeoniums, and discover the lovely 'Lily Pad' variety.
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Comfort plant

Aug 18 2021

Comfort Plant Benefits

I’ve been informally testing the herbal benefits of a semi-succulent herb with velvety, juicy leaves. If you've been to my garden recently, Mama Debra has crushed and smeared the juice of "comfort plant" (Plectranthus amboinicus) on your bug bites, scrapes or---if you brought your dog---hot spots.
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Eric Evans with tillandsias (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Aug 13 2021

New Tillandsia (Air Plants) Page and Video

On my new page and corresponding video, I show over 30 easy, eye-catching air-plant projects, gifts and display ideas.
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Agave parryi 'Truncata' bloom (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Aug 3 2021

Your Agave’s Blooming–Now What?

Your agave is blooming! Now what? In my new video, Q&A and photo gallery you'll find expert advice, agave IDs and how to start the plants from seeds and bulbils.
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