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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Need a plant ID? Go to TYPES OF SUCCULENTS. Worried? Go to PESTS AND PROBLEMS. Want to grow succulents perfectly? Go to SUCCULENT CARE BASICS. Need garden maintenance? See REFERRALS. Do use the MENU and SEARCH BAR above. Overwhelmed? Browse until you're better, or CONTACT me.

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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

Arizona succulent color garden

Mar 30 2023

Great Plants and Ideas from Arizona Gardens

These plants and ideas inspired by the annual spring Phoenix Garden Tour will work throughout the Southwest. What grows effortlessly in Arizona typically does well in dry, hot areas of Southern California---except of course for
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Kalanchoe delagoensis (tubiflora)

Mar 18 2023

Recognize and Avoid Weedy Succulents

Here, you'll learn about and recognize succulents and cacti that become weedy, invasive nuisances if you make them too happy, and what to do to control them. Keep in mind
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Ice plant and agave (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Mar 10 2023

Gap Fillers for New Succulent Gardens

A subscriber asks: "What should I do to fill garden gaps while waiting for succulents to get big? I've put in a variety and left room for future growth. How can I make my new garden look finished?" I have several ideas, but first...
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Rain-drenched aloes (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Mar 2 2023

Succulents and Way Too Much Rain

This year I figured my drenched aloes might finally succumb. They got quite a pounding. The gutter overflows 20 feet above them, then continues down-slope. Yet they're fine. I have some theories why.
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Jade (Crassula ovata) in bloom (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 23 2023

How and Why Jades Prune Themselves

Because it thins itself, jade plant (Crassula ovata) and its cultivars are extremely low-maintenance. These shrub succulents are wonderfully low-water, aesthetically pleasing garden shrubs.
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Janet Orr in her garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 17 2023

Design Ideas from an Arizona Artist’s Garden

Wait 'til you see these desert garden design ideas at Arizona artist Janet's Orr's home! Her whimsical outdoor gallery shows her eye for design, skill as a ceramic artist, love of color, and superb succulent savvy.
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Mycoplasma on crassula (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 5 2023

Succulent Pests and Problems Q&A Forum

Are pests or mysterious maladies causing problems with your succulents? This page is a forum for you to ask questions, leave comments and share what works for you. Others can see and benefit from the answers. Your own tried-and-true solutions are welcome, too! 
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Fallen-over euphorbia

Feb 3 2023

Oh No! My Succulent Fell Over!

At first I thought the tree succulent fell over because its roots had rotted, but that wasn't the case. Like most succulents, this one was
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Agave franzosinii, aloes, barrels, golden jade Succulent driveway (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jan 28 2023

Succulent Driveway Essentials

The succulent driveway essentials I've compiled here illustrate low-water, easy-maintenance options for driveway plantings throughout the Southwest. Loaded with ideas, you'll find these tips, must-know's, and 75-photo Gallery certain to inspire you.
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Cereopegia woodii, variegated (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jan 17 2023

Hanging, Trailing and Vining Succulents

Make the most of your patio or garden's vertical space with succulents that have hanging, trailing or vining growth habits. Included here are those I’ve cultivated successfully and recommend.
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Euphorbia greenwayi (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jan 3 2023

Succulent Rainstorm Checklist

Succulents love rain but some may be in danger of getting too much. Here's my own Succulent Rain Checklist for in-ground and potted succulents, plus a Succulent Rain Gallery
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Aloe flowers (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jan 2 2023

All About Aloes

Ah, aloes! No other succulents add so much color, interest and drama to low-water, mild-climate gardens. Aloes are easy to grow and bloom mainly in winter when nothing else does. The number of Aloe varieties is ever-increasing, with lovely new cultivars continually being introduced. 
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