Sansevieria, fan-shaped (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

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.

It probably won't surprise you that I watch my succulents like a meerkat atop her mound. I grow everything that's reasonably available, research plants' native growing conditions, and learn from my mistakes (which you'll see).

My big challenge was to winnow the selection. No sooner did I sort through hundreds of photos, I'd notice a demure little shade succulent I'd overlooked and think, "Oh! I've got to show them this!"

As a result, my site's new Shade Succulents Gallery shows a whopping 80+ varieties, many growing in my own climate-challenged garden. From the gallery:

Shade succulents gallery

Shade Succulents gallery (6 photos of 80+)

"But Debra, of course you can grow anything, you're in Southern California!" you may think. Not so! That may be true along the coast (where the millionaires live, you know who you are), but I'm 15 miles east as the crow flies at an elevation of 1,500 feet. OK, it's not that bad here. But we do get frost in winter and searing, scorching, beastly heat in summer.

Creating the new page and video took me nearly a month. I'm so eager for you to enjoy both! Do let me know what you think. Did I miss a succulent you love? Do you have questions? Please leave any and all comments below or on YouTubeAlso be sure to "Like" the video (if you do), and subscribe to my channel (if you've yet to).

Oh! I also created a fun quiz for you at the end of the video. If I've done my job, you'll ace it. ;+)

Related info 

Crassula multicava flowers (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

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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  1. Hawk on July 31, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Thank you for the information shaired.

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on July 31, 2020 at 11:38 am

      Thank YOU, Hawk, for a lovely comment!

  2. Mike Bishop on August 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you so much for your shade succulents video! Like your books and your website, it’s full of great ideas for grouping succulents in different situations. Is there any chance you might post a transcript of your audio along with the video? I am hearing impaired and without being able to see you speaking, I’m probably missing 60% of what you’re saying. Subtitles would be a great addition to the video, but I have no idea how much work that entails. Again, thank you very much for sharing it.

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on August 22, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Mike — Apologies, I normally do CC (closed captions) and I meant to do so on this video, but it slipped through the cracks. Thanks for the reminder. It takes about 10 minutes. Will do so ASAP. DLB

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