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About Debra Lee Baldwin
Her own garden, featured 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.
Her first gardening book, Designing with Succulents (Timber Press, 2007) is credited with launching worldwide interest in succulent plants. The second edition of Designing with Succulents (Timber Press, 2017) is "basically a brand new book," Baldwin says. "It had to be. An awful lot has happened in the world of succulents and design since the title's initial release." Illustrated with 400 photos---100 more than the first edition---it encapsulates the essentials of the original along with a decade's worth of appealing and innovative ideas.
Succulent Container Gardens (Timber Press, 2010), also a bestseller, makes it possible for anyone, anywhere, to grow whatever succulents they like. "Succulents are shallow-rooted and thrive in containers," Debra says. "Simply move and shelter them when the weather turns too cold, hot or wet."
Her third top-seller, Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties (Timber Press, 2013), 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.
In 2017, Debra was honored as "Horticulturist of the Year" by the San Diego Horticultural Society. Around the same time, her YouTube views soared past 3,000,000. In addition to books and videos, Debra shares her photos and expertise via articles, blog posts, newsletters, a 7-lesson Craftsy class, and on her website (www.debraleebaldwin.com). She is an in-demand speaker on the horticultural circuit and keeps in daily contact with succulent enthusiasts worldwide via email and Facebook.
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“Demystifies these popular low-water beauties.” —Country Gardens Magazine
Whether you’re a novice or veteran, have an acre to fill or a just few pots, or live in Calexico or Canada, Succulents Simplified is a dazzling primer for success with succulents! Debra Lee Baldwin, the Queen of Succulents, profiles the 100 top plant picks and includes basic information on how to grow and care for succulents no matter where you live. Step-by-step projects, including a cake-stand centerpiece, special-occasion bouquets, a vertical garden, and a succulent topiary sphere, will inspire you to express your individual style.
With their colorful leaves, sculptural shapes, and simple care, succulents are beautiful yet forgiving plants for pots. If grown in containers, these dry-climate jewels—which include but are not limited to cacti—can be brought indoors in winter and so can thrive anywhere in the world.
In this inspiring compendium, the popular author of Designing with Succulents provides everything beginners and experienced gardeners need to know to create stunning container displays of exceptionally waterwise plants. The extensive palette includes delicate sedums, frilly echeverias, cascading senecios, edgy agaves, and fat-trunked beaucarneas, to name just a few. Easy-to-follow, expert tips explain soil mixes, overwintering, propagation, and more.
Succulents offer dazzling possibilities and require very little maintenance to remain lush and alluring year-round. No one knows them better than the Queen of Succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin. This new, completely revised edition of her bestselling classic is a design compendium that is as practical as it is inspirational. Designing with Succulents shares design and cultivation basics, hundreds of succulent plant recommendations, and 50 companion plant profiles. Lavishly illustrated with 400 photographs, you’ll find everything you need to visualize, create, and nurture a thriving, water-smart succulent garden.