How to Grow and Use Succulents

Accurate, expert information for you about 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 or in the landscape. Also in the menu under Design you'll find firewise landscaping info, DIY gifts and projects and holiday decorating ideas - all showcasing succulents.

succulent being watered



In the Succulent Info menu I answer your Qs about growing, caring for and propagating succulents. Under Varieties, see hundreds of labeled photos of those I recommend. Also learn how to water, fertilize, control pests and diseases, overwinter succulents, and grow them indoors and by season and region

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.

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Succulent Updates From the Blog

Jeanne Meadow in her succulent garden

What’s Surprising about Jeanne Meadow, America’s Succulent Sweetheart

You've probably noticed that Jeanne Meadow, "America's Succulent Sweetheart," is magic on camera. She delights in sharing her garden and showing succulents in creative plant-pot pairings. My YouTube channel's 12 "Jeanne" videos have had 134,400 views; short ones on Instagram, around ...
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How, why to grow barrel cactus

Why Your Garden Needs Golden Barrels

Chances are you've seen golden barrel cactus in professionally designed succulent gardens, but you've hesitated to add it to yours. Here's why you should, and how to keep the plants happy. But first a reassurance: Yes it's spiny, but the ...
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Overgrown euphorbia

12 Mistakes Beginners Make with Succulents

When you saw "mistakes beginners make with succulents," you probably though the first would be "overwatering." There's so much angst about watering succulents! Yet watering is one of the simplest things about this type of plant: Forget to do it ...
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Euphorbia obesa

Where to Find Rare Succulents

Collectors shop for rare and unusual succulents at the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale Collectors know where to find rare succulents: at shows hosted by Cactus and Succulent Society affiliate clubs. Attend one near you to see ...
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Succulent Landscape with rocks (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Succulent Landscaping Trends

As the author of two editions of Designing with Succulents ten years apart, I'm sort of obsessed with the evolution of succulent landscaping. Here's what designers and homeowners are discovering that works and (perhaps more importantly) what doesn't. These top six trends---call them preferences, if you ...
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Colorful Succulent Garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

A Colorful Succulent Garden to Copy

You could easily copy this colorful succulent garden at Weidner's nursery in Encinitas, CA. It's a three-dimensional showcase of succulents superbly suited to mild, frost-free regions. Most of the plants are readily available, and all are in my book, Designing with ...
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Need succulent cuttings? Find them online at Mountain Crest Gardens at great prices.


On newsstands through June: "Succulents," a Better Homes & Gardens 100-page bookazine, includes four of Debra's articles.