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Success With Succulents

Photos and expert information for lovers of succulent plants

As the proud author of three bestselling books about succulents, I provide timely, information-packed tips on showcasing succulent plants in gardens, pots and projects. Use the SEARCH bar or simply browse! ~ Debra Lee Baldwin 

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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

Succulent lantern with Portulacaria afra 'Variegata'

Plant a Succulent Lantern

Candle lanterns make lovely containers for succulents. You might plant the succulents in a small pot and tuck it into the lantern, or if the lantern can hold soil, plant directly into it. Most aren't watertight---a good thing, because when ...
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Art in Succulent Garden

Add Art to Your Succulent Garden

Why not make your succulent garden even more inviting with outdoor art? By using your garden as a gallery, you'll engage in a fun pursuit that expresses your special style. One key to getting the look right is to repeat, ...
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Karina Aldredge with Acacia baileyana

The Only New Year’s Resolution You Need

The only New Year's resolution you really need is effortless and costs nothing: Find beauty. In her newly released Sacred Elements Guidebook, author/photographer Karina Aldredge shows how momentary joys add up, creating a happier, more grounded you. Could there be a better ...
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George Tabora in his succulent garden

Ten Tips for Establishing a Succulent Garden

These ten tips for establishing a succulent garden are from "Celebrating the Joy of Succulents" newsletter subscriber George Tabora of Riverside, CA (between Los Angeles and Palm Springs). His tips are hard-won, based on trial and error. Happily, after three ...
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Sempervivum tectorum on roof

My Succulent Podcast with a British Nurseryman

Listen to the Podcast Recently I did a succulent podcast with British nurseryman Alan Lodge of Newlands Nursery. We were on opposite sides of the planet, but we chatted as though sharing the same pot of tea. Alan hosts weekly podcasts with ...
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Rain on agave

How Rain Benefits Succulents

Don't be surprised if after a good rain, your succulents look brighter and more vibrant. Here's how rain benefits succulents: It provides dissolved minerals and washes away dust that inhibits photosynthesis; it dilutes and flushes salts and harmful chemicals that have ...
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