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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 

succulents in the ground



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



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



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.

Free Succulent Resource

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 From the Blog

Purple cactus in snow

Winter Care for Frost-Tender Succulents

Based on where you live, here's how to get cold-sensitive South African succulents---like crassulas, euphorbias, senecios and aloes---through a North American winter. Coastal CA from the Bay Area south Your climate is more similar to South Africa's than anywhere in the ...
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Wheelchair accessible succulent garden

Wheelchair Accessible Succulent Garden

When I saw the photos that "Celebrating the Joy of Succulents" newsletter subscriber Pat Armanino emailed me of her garden, I knew I wanted to share them. Pat's use of galvanized water troughs as succulent containers is clever and eye-catching. ...
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Fancy ruffled echeveria

How to Behead and Replant Echeverias

Fancy ruffled echeverias---those large, flowerlike succulents---eventually need to be beheaded and the rosettes replanted. This is a bother, but it comes with a benefit: New clones will form on old, headless stalks. But not always. Here's how to ensure success ...
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Euphorbia inermis or Euphorbia esculenta

Meet Snake-Leaved Medusa Succulents

This excellent info on medusoid euphorbias is from "Spiny Succulents: Euphorbias, Cacti, and Other Sculptural Succulents," by renowned nurseryman Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents near San Diego. I highly recommend this new book for its excellent overviews, photos and ...
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Succulent topped pumpkin

My New Favorite Succulent Pumpkin

  I like how Pat varied the colors of the nandina pods, using green, orange and red. I found my new favorite succulent pumpkin on the Instagram feed of Pat Roach of Cerritos, CA. I love its loose, airy look, ...
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Ariocarpus, CA Cactus Center

Can You Grow Ariocarpus?

It's autumn and the ariocarpus are in bloom. Typical of cacti, they do it spectacularly. But atypical of cacti, ariocarpus are not easy to grow. Unless you live in Texas or northeastern Mexico, forget about growing them out in the ...
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