Success With Succulents

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

learn succulents and their many uses, 

and when the dust settles, join me at... 

  • Succulent Celebration at Waterwise Botanicals

    BOOK SIGNING - Sat.-Sun. April 24-25

  • Charleston Horticultural Society, Charleston SC

    Mon. (lecture), Tues (demo), May 11-12

  • San Diego Master Gardeners Seminar

    TBD (Rescheduled from spring)

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.

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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

Finches at Debra's feeders

Mar 17 2020

What I’m Doing While Staying Home

Like you, I'm staying home to stay healthy. From my office I can see the red-and-blue glow of the living room TV, with talking heads and banner headlines. There's a dreamlike quality to all this. So much, so fast. So ...
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Agave in wrong spot w pups

Mar 9 2020

Succulents: What Not to Do

The "What Not to Do" photos in my presentations invariably get responses from the audience. People groan or laugh as though only an idiot would do such things. Yet chances are, we've all done at least a few of these. ...
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Succulent garden tasks

Feb 26 2020

Succulent Garden Maintenance, Part One: Tasks

To keep your succulent garden healthy and beautiful, you or your succulent garden maintenance professional* need to do these tasks seasonally: Trim damaged or excessive growth Prune succulents to show the beauty of the plants and keep them tidy. Use ...
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Succulent garden maintenance referrals

Feb 26 2020

Succulent Garden Maintenance, Part Two: Referrals

Do you know someone skilled in succulent garden maintenance whom you've worked with and really like? Do leave a recommendation here on my Referrals page. (Scroll down to the Comments.) And if you provide succulent garden maintenance yourself, tell us! Help ...
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Portulacaria afra in ground

Feb 11 2020

How Succulents Combat Global Warming

Here's another reason to feel good about growing succulents: You're helping to combat global warming. Research indicates that succulents are highly efficient at scrubbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It has to do with how they photosynthesize---the way they generate ...
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Feb 9 2020

Jim Bishop’s Steep, One-Acre Garden

Jim Bishop's steep, one-acre terraced garden in San Diego is unlike any other, except perhaps Jardin Exotique d'Èze near Monaco, overlooking the Mediterranean. "But there, they have to dig basins into solid rock to plant anything," recalls Jim, who has visited it ...
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