Success With Succulents

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

Welcome! I'm continually updating my site, now with 100+ pages on every aspect of succulents. Want a plant ID? Go to TYPES OF SUCCULENTS. Worried? Go to PESTS AND PROBLEMS. Want to grow the plants perfectly? Go to SUCCULENT CARE BASICS. Need garden maintenace? See REFERRALS. Looking for something specific? Check the MENU or use the SEARCH bar above. Feeling overwhelmed? Browse until you're better, or CONTACT me. Now relax and have fun. You've come to the right place. ~ Debra Lee Baldwin 

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

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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Agave in wrong spot w pups (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Mar 9 2020

12 Mistakes Beginners Make with Succulents

My what-not-to-do's are simple to avoid, but not especially easy to remedy. A smart succulent owner learns what may be expensive to fix, can cause prized plants to look dreadful, and may even kill them.
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Succulent garden tasks

Feb 26 2020

Succulent Garden Maintenance: Tasks

Do these succulent garden maintenance tasks seasonally to keep your succulent garden healthy and looking good: Trim damaged or excessive growth Prune succulents to show the beauty of the plants and keep them tidy. Use cuttings to
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Succulent garden maintenance referrals

Feb 26 2020

Succulent Garden Professionals: Referrals

Where to find or recommend a succulent garden designer or maintenance professional. Do you know or need someone skilled in this? Tell us!
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Portulacaria afra in ground (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 11 2020

How Succulents Combat Global Warming

When you grow succulents in your garden, you're helping combat global warming.  The plants are especially efficient at scrubbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  It has to do with
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(c) Debra Lee Baldwin

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
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