Success With Succulents

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


I'm pleased to offer you over 100 pages on every aspect of succulents, all ad-free. If that seems too good to be true, scroll down to "Why No Ads?" 

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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Then you'll love my YouTube Channel. With over 8,000,000 views, it provides entertaining, expert info on succulent design, cultivation, plants, tips, gardens, and much more.

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

Euphorbia inermis Fibonacci spiral (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Oct 6 2022

Succulents with Fibonacci Spirals

Many cacti and succulents form geometric spirals similar to those of sunflowers, pine cones and nautilus shells. Spiral leaf arrangements funnel rainwater to roots and keep leaves from shading each other.
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Ratty succulent garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 15 2022

How to Refresh a Succulent Garden

Hi Debra, I’m in charge of getting my kids' school succulent garden back to its beautiful self. The aeoniums are super leggy and the fire torches look terrible. When and what should we cut, replant or add? -- Tiffany in San Marcos
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Barrel cactus fell over (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 4 2022

25 Succulent Mistakes and Solutions

My what-not-to-do's are simple to avoid, but not necessarily easy to remedy. A smart succulent owner learns what can be expensive to fix, might cause prized plants to look dreadful, and could even kill them.
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Hannah Eubanks succulent reef garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Aug 30 2022

Hannah’s Stunning Succulent Reef

Hannah Eubanks, 24, shows us a stunning succulent reef garden she created for a client in Vista, CA. The youngest of three daughters of celebrity landscaper Laura Eubanks, Hannah expedited the project start-to-finish. "My mom was totally hand's-off," she says proudly.
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Succulent planter and spa (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Aug 17 2022

See a City Hacienda Succulent Garden

Bright colors inspired by Mexican tile and Talavera pottery enhance an urban succulent oasis with a hacienda theme. See how owners have utilized minimal space, created inviting and practical living areas, muffled neighborhood noise, and maximized their privacy.
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Sedum cultivars (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jul 9 2022

Top 20 Succulent Types at a Glance

To make things easy to remember and provide a useful overview, in the video I take you on a tour of 20 types all succulent lovers should know at a glance.
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Succulents toxic to pets (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jun 18 2022

Are Your Succulents Toxic to Pets?

A vet will need to know what kind of plant your pet ingested. Before there's an emergency (i.e. now), check to see if any of your succulents are in the gallery below.
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Weed fabric in cactus garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jun 16 2022

Should You Use Weed Barrier Fabric?

No doubt you've seen black fabric laid over bare soil with holes cut out for plants. But how important is it to use weed barrier fabric, really? What are the do's and don'ts?
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Succulents stop fire (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jun 11 2022

Did Succulents Protect These Homes from Wildfires?

Southern CA homeowners in Rancho Santa Fe and Bonsall say succulents protected their homes during two different wildfires. In each case, nearby homes burned to the ground.
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Succulent pot grouping (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jun 10 2022

Three Problem-Solving Palos Verdes Succulent Gardens

I show you three very different gardens in Los Angeles on the Palos Verdes Peninsula: slope, patio and streetside. Each showcases beautiful, problem-solving ways to display and enjoy succulents.
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Debra Lee Baldwin, Woody Woodruff (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

May 27 2022

Tour an Arizona Estate Garden

For 15 years majordomo Woody Woodruff has kept everything running smoothly for billionaire homeowners on 7 acres in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, in Paradise Valley NE of Phoenix. His love of his "babies"---thousands of cacti and succulents---is evident, as is his Southern drawl.
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Tephrocactus geometricus (c) Rich Zeh

May 21 2022

See Rich Zeh’s 30-Year Succulent & Cactus Collection

Rich Zeh has an Aladdin’s trove of cacti and succulents. "I'm pretty much maxed out on space," he says of his one-acre garden and greenhouse in Paradise Valley (Phoenix) Arizona.
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