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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780881928167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928167
  • ASIN: 088192816X
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 3.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Gardeners interested in contemporary trends recognize and appreciate the dramatic sculptural qualities of succulents. Now Baldwin's alluring and stimulating guide offers a wealth of design ideas melded with informative cultural advice and opens gardeners' eyes to a breathtaking variety of succulents for any situation, from formal spaces to an intimate balcony, from hillside terrain to container gardens. Whether undertaking a new planting or enlarging on an existing plan, gardeners will discover beguilingly colorful varieties, specimens with textural presence, and stunning architectural forms for unequaled effect featuring exceptional arrangements of drought-tolerant species. Although hot, dry California gardens appear in many of the photographs, Baldwin devotes a chapter to cold climates that's certain to stir the imaginations of gardeners wishing to grow exciting specimens in the ground or perhaps in pots, bringing plants indoors or installing them in a greenhouse to winter. Towering to tiny, the array of succulents presented is exciting and compelling. Alice Joyce
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"Many people know about succulents, but using them in the landscape is another matter. Designing with Succulents shows us how; it's inspiring, practical, and complete - a treasure for any gardener who loves these otherworldly beauties." -- Kathleen N. Brenzel Sunset

"Baldwin's alluring and stimulating guide offers a wealth of design ideas melded with informative cultural advice and opens gardeners' eyes to a breathtaking variety of succulents for any situation. ... Towering to tiny, the array of succulents presented is exciting and compelling." -- Alice Joyce, Booklist

"One of the charms of her book is that it is so readable, while being a practical encyclopedia of all things succulent." -- Mary Curran Downey, San Diego Union-Tribune

"Baldwin hit the mark with her detailed work. ... Her easy to understand writing style is user friendly to the backyard gardener, yet the breadth of information is just as appealing to the expert. She manages to assemble a stellar set of photographs to show succulents as they exist out in the open air. Detailed captions give plenty of information to connect readers with these plants that are little known and less often understood. ... Baldwin should be commended for what might be the best succulent landscaping book written to date." -- Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard News Service

"Photos show landscapes of succulents, small container gardens, and many designs in between. ... Offers hours of engaging perusal." Monterey County Herald

"Baldwin's book takes readers on a delightful walk through a wonderful land of colorful, elegant, and drought-resistant plants that few of us can identify by name." -- Jackie Houchin, Valley News

"Packed with tips and loaded with photos that will inspire you to add succulents to your garden, whether it's one container or an entire front yard." -- Holly Hayes, San Jose Mercury News

"[With] 255 pages filled with over 300 high quality photographs of exquisite plants and exemplary gardens, Designing with Succulents should be a necessary purchase for any gardener." -- Michael Buckner, Let's Talk Plants

"With useful resources, such as the 'plant palette' and a chapter on companion plants, this book helps the succulent gardener create a work of art." -- Jennifer Chance, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

"Offers a plethora of possibilities for lending more visual appeal to the landscape." -- Micki Brown, Victorville Daily Press

"[A] lusciously photographed volume." -- Sarah E. Smith, Oregonian

"I love [Designing with Succulents] and you will too. It appeals to beginners, experienced designers, landscapers and collectors. A well-known garden writer and photographer, Debra spotlights versatile, fascinating succulents and cactus and their cultivation in various climates and soils. ... There are many luscious closeups of elegant, dramatic specimens and plant combinations." -- Jeanne Santangelo, Novato Advance

"We love Designing with Succulents ... as inspiring as it is practical, with color photos that show how to use these otherwordly beauties in borders, on slopes, between patio pavers, mixed with other perennials or grasses - even in undersea themed gardens." Sunset

"Baldwin shares her expertise in a way that is immediately reader-friendly and writes about succulents ... in a clear, colorful manner. She's a skilled photographer whose photos ... add interest and excitement to this gardening tome." -- Peggi Ridgway, Bloomin' News

"If it were not for [this book] ... I might have given up succulents forever. But one can't help but be inspired by photographs that induce sighs and daydreams, and not a small amount of garden envy." -- Mariana Greene, Dallas Morning News

"Packed with practical advice on how to raise these fascinating plants." -- Holly Hayes San Jose Mercury News "[Baldwin] illustrates how novices and experts alike can create lush and vibrant gardens that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible." -- Amanda Dameron, Western Interiors & Design

"A solid overview for landscape architects working with succulents." Landscape Architecture

"[A] delightful and inspiring journey through the world of succulents, which are presented as viable options for private and public landscapes, particularly in regions where water is a serious concern. ... Throughout, the text is richly illustrated with photographs of succulents used effectively in gardens large and small, with or without other types of plants. This is an exciting new addition to anyone's library." Pacific Horticulture

"Having recently finished reading Debra Lee Baldwin's book, Designing with Succulents, I am convinced that succulents are not only wonderful as showcase elements in ones and twos, but can serve as the backbone of your landscape design." -- Jennifer Jewell Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

"The advice given is wise and borne of the author's firsthand experience, but is not too prescriptive and is full of great ideas with illustrations to match." -- Nigel Taylor, Gardens Illustrated

"Truly a guide to designing with succulents, not simply growing them. From planning a garden to coping with weather conditions, the prospective succulent gardener will find what they need on these pages." -- Rochelle Reed, San Luis Obispo Tribune

"New plantings as well as additions to existing gardens will benefit from Baldwin's presentation of color, texture, and shape in the form of drought-tolerant plant species." -- John Bagnasco, Garden Compass

"If you have gardeners on your gift list who are living in warm climates, this gardening book is one they will treasure. And don't forget your indoor gardening pals. ... This book is the bible that tells how to grow [succulents] and then use them to create gorgeous landscapes and containers that become stunning works of art." -- Nancy Szerlag, Detroit News

"An excellent introduction to these increasingly popular plants, and how to use them in the garden." -- Joan S. Bolton, Santa Maria Times

"Provides inspiration for creating color, texture, and interest - just the qualities every garden's artistic director seeks. Let Debra Lee Baldwin introduce you to the fun of designing with succulents." -- Sandra J. Sandefur, Perennial Notes

"Those designing a new landscape and those hoping to add these botanical treasures into an existing garden will find Baldwin's gorgeously illustrated, detail-rich guide a worthy purchase." Library Journal


More About the Author

Debra Lee Baldwin specializes in showing how top floral and garden designers use dynamic, sculptural succulents in a wide variety of eye-catching applications.

Her own garden, which has been in Sunset and Better Homes & Gardens, is in the foothills northeast of San Diego, where temps range from below freezing to upwards of 100 degrees.

Succulents, Debra explains, "are plants that drink responsibly. They store water in fleshy leaves and stems to survive dry spells, like when you forget to water them. They're a terrific option for good-looking, low-maintenance landscapes and containers."

Debra, a garden photojournalist, got her start writing about homes, gardens, architecture and interior design for the San Diego Union-Tribune, then went on to scout, write and shoot for major magazines. In 2005, her editor at Sunset suggested she do a book on succulents. "That changed my life," Debra says.

Debra's latest book, Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties, introduces the best succulents for gardens and containers, explains how to grow and use them, and gives step-by-step methods for design-oriented projects.

"Succulents Simplified is a guide for novice enthusiasts, a quick reference for anyone seeking a good overview, and a vehicle for design ideas I'm excited about," Debra says. "Throughout the book, I give my perspective on a subject that has become my passion."

Her first gardening book, Designing with Succulents, came out in 2007 and spent 19 weeks on Amazon's list of the Top Ten Bestselling Gardening Books. The sequel, Succulent Container Gardens (2010), topped the charts as well. Like Succulents Simplified, both are from Timber Press, the nation's leading publisher of gardening books.

Additionally, Debra shares her photos and expertise via articles, blog posts, newsletters, workshops, YouTube videos and on her website, http://www.debraleebaldwin.com. She is an in-demand speaker on the horticultural circuit, and she keeps in daily contact with succulent enthusiasts worldwide via email and Facebook.

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It has excellent information and good pictures as well.
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The photos are terrific and are an endless source of creative ideas for planting and arranging.
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After reading this book I wanted to go out and do my whole backyard in succulents!
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Catriona Erler on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you like the idea of growing succulents, but haven't a clue how to use them in combination with other plants in your garden, then this is the book for you. The beautiful photographs are rich with ideas and inspiration, and the indepth captions answer any question you might have about the plants in the pictures and even the location of the gardens. I was particularly drawn to the two top photos on page 234 and one of an Agave franzosinii taken at Mission San Juan Capistrano in California (page 150). Baldwin's writing style is delightful; easy to read, entertaining, and informative. Clearly she is writing from experience so you know what she says will be helpful and accurate. I highly recommend this book.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Robert Dean on April 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a Landscape Architect with almost 30 years of experience designing gardens in Southern California, I have been a longtime fan of the excellent works created by Debra Lee Baldwin. It is no small coincidence that "Designing With Succulents" is well written, concise and wonderfully illustrated with stunning photography. This is a book that everyone from professional designers to home gardeners will want to keep very close to their desks for reference.

Living in an environment with precious water resources and little natural rainfall it will become essential for all of us to take a more aggressive stance utilizing low-water plants in our design work. I congratulate Debra for giving us a design reference filled with great inspiration and helpful technical information.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brewer on May 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book on succulents. Debra Lee Baldwin has tackled a large body of material. She has explained it all very well in an interesting way. Well organized,well illustrated ,with great photos (most of which were her own). She has put a lot of work into this. It must have taken years of research followed by years of writing to get this all put together. This not just an encyclopedia on succulents, but a very readable treatment of the whole subject of how to use them and work with them in your own garden. She tells you everything you would want to know from propgation to pests. I can't say enough good things about this book . A real gem.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Shore on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've only recently gotten into succulents, which I find fascinating since they always look like they're from Mars. I can't imagine there is anywhere in the world a better book on succulents than Ms. Baldwin's. It's superb. It's comprehensive; it's detailed; it's perfectly structured, so that the sheer volume of information isn't in any way intimidating; and the artwork alone--the photographs--are worth twice what the book costs. It seems crazy to say, but I would recommend this book to anyone at all: gardener, computer geek, car salesman, anyone. If you've ever been awed by nature, this book will resonate with you. It's that good. And if you ARE a gardener--then holy cow, what are you waiting for?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David F. Montgomery on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When I picked this book up off the shelf at Barnes & Noble, I was skeptical. I thought it might be a "picture book" like most of the others I had paged through. Not so! It is giving me some really good tips for arranging my plants, as well as advice on what will grow best in south TX. Very nicely done.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on June 8, 2007
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My library contains about a dozen books on Cacti and Succulents and about thirty books related to garden design and landscape architecture. However, "Designing With Succulents" by Debra Lee Baldwin combines both subjects; drought tolerant plant materials and how to effectively design using these very popular and easy to grow plants. If you're thinking about trying to cut down on your water usage in the garden, don't hesitate to order this book so that you'll know everything you need to create a unique garden with these stunning stars of the garden world. A must have for any garden lover !!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Schiller on May 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The jacket cover makes one want to stroll into the path to see what beauty is hiding beyond. Excellent reference book. All photos are beautiful. I have more appreciation for my succulents after reading this. A coffee table book. I have urged my gardener friends to read it.
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A truly inspirational and indispensable garden book is a difficult thing to come by these days - but we are in luck! Debra Lee Baldwin has given us "Designing with Succulents", a well-written, beautifully photographed, top-notch exploration of a subject of increasing fascination for the modern gardener - how to integrate succulents into our diverse plantings. Debra leaves no flagstone unturned when it comes to finding examples of succulents used in interesting ways. She writes from the heart, and her love for her topic infuses the book and makes it more than a simple 'how-to'. It is not only an important reference tool for gardeners of all stripes, it is a joy to read ... Thank you Debra Lee Baldwin!
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