Success With Succulents

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

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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

Agave 'Blue Flame' and dasylirion (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Aug 15 2020

Late Summer Succulent Care: Six Essentials

These six late-summer care essentials for succulents come from my own experience with growing hundreds of varieties for decades. In my inland Southern CA garden, late summer heat can do as much damage than midwinter frosts. Below is what I do routinely every year.
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Agave sap (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Aug 7 2020

Agave Dermatitis: How harmful is agave sap? Are you susceptible?

You're already wary of poison oak, cactus glochids and the milky sap of euphorbias. Add agave sap to the list. In susceptible individuals, it causes the skin condition "agave dermatitis."
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Fuzzy Kalanchoe tomentosa up close

Jul 30 2020

Fuzzy Kalanchoes: Varieties, Uses, Tips

I'm eager to share with you my fondness for fuzzy kalanchoes. The varieties and design uses of these unusual succulents are diverse and wonderful. Included are important tips to ensure your success.
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Sansevieria, fan-shaped (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jul 25 2020

Which Shade Succulents Are Best for You?

You requested more info on low-light succulents, and I happily complied. I've added a Shade Succulents page to my site and created a YouTube video of the same name. My site's new Shade Succulents Gallery shows a whopping 80+ varieties, many growing in my own climate-challenged garden.
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Crassula multicava flowers (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jul 3 2020

Grow Shade-Loving Fairy Crassula

Fairy crassula (Crassula multicava) is a great succulent ground cover for shade. In winter, like jade (Crassula ovata), it has dainty star-shaped, pinkish-white flowers. Here are 15+ reasons to grow it in your garden.
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Potted echeveria garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jun 9 2020

Plant an Echeveria Garden in Pots

Echeverias do great in containers, so why not plant an echeveria garden all in pots? Because echeverias have great color, symmetry and resemble fleshy flowers, my own potted collection suggests an exotic flower garden.
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Succulent Teacup Arrangement (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

May 7 2020

Make Succulent Teacup Gardens

Succulent teacup gardens are lovely on windowsills, sunny shelves and outdoor tables, individually or grouped. They're quick and easy to make and perfect gifts for succulent lovers. When cuttings outgrow the cups, transplant them into larger pots or the garden.
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Debra Lee Baldwin garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Apr 29 2020

See Debra’s Idea-Filled Garden

Welcome to my site's "Debra's Garden" page. This is where you'll find photos of plants in my half-acre succulent garden, as shown in my recently released, 15-min. video:" See My Idea-Filled Succulent Spring Garden." The video came about as a result of my garden looking amazingly beautiful after a rainy April here
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Sun and aloes (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Apr 22 2020

Don’t Let a Heat Wave Ruin Your Succulents

You have two options for protecting your succulents from heat waves that follow cool weather: 1. Move them. Of course this is only possible if they're in pots. But don't forget to do it! When sudden heat and sun hit, succulents that haven't had time to acclimate may sunburn. There's no reversing the resulting brown or beige patches. 
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Square basket of succulents (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Apr 8 2020

Make Succulent Doorstep Baskets

Succulent doorstep baskets are a great way to say "I'm thinking of you! Happy spring!" to neighbors, friends and nearby loved ones. These gift baskets delight all who see them. By showing recipients they're cherished, you both feel connected---which is so important during uncertain times.
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(c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Mar 31 2020

Contrast Colorful Succulents with Colorful Pots

An important, easy secret for effective plant-pot pairings is to contrast colorful succulents with contrasting, colorful pots. Like glazed pots, succulents come in all colors
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Finches at Debra's feeders (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Mar 17 2020

What I’m Doing While Staying Home

I'm home, and I'll bet you are too. 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. Call me crazy, but
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