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Photo collage of garden of award-winning photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin, shows succulent plants such as Aeonium Sunburst, flowering iceplant, aloes and agaves, as well as water-smart, drought-tolerant companion plants for succulents, including colorful daylilies.
Photo collage of garden of award-winning photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin, shows succulent plants such as Aeonium Sunburst, flowering iceplant, aloes and agaves, as well as water-smart, drought-tolerant companion plants for succulents, including colorful daylilies.
Photo collage of garden of award-winning photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin, shows succulent plants such as Aeonium Sunburst, flowering iceplant, aloes and agaves, as well as water-smart, drought-tolerant companion plants for succulents, including colorful daylilies.
Photo collage of garden of award-winning photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin, shows succulent plants such as Aeonium Sunburst, flowering iceplant, aloes and agaves, as well as water-smart, drought-tolerant companion plants for succulents, including colorful daylilies.
Photo collage of garden of award-winning photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin, shows succulent plants such as Aeonium Sunburst, flowering iceplant, aloes and agaves, as well as water-smart, drought-tolerant companion plants for succulents, including colorful daylilies.
Photo collage of garden of award-winning photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin, shows succulent plants such as Aeonium Sunburst, flowering iceplant, aloes and agaves, as well as water-smart, drought-tolerant companion plants for succulents, including colorful daylilies.
Photo collage of garden of award-winning photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin, shows succulent plants such as Aeonium Sunburst, flowering iceplant, aloes and agaves, as well as water-smart, drought-tolerant companion plants for succulents, including colorful daylilies.

Photo collage by Evelyn Alemanni


Welcome to my garden! Fifteen years ago I grew few succulents---mostly ground covers and jade. But as the designers and homeowners I met as a garden photojournalist started using succulents to create gorgeous low-water gardens, the plants began to play an increasing role in my own garden.

Amid the succulents, I have a variety of bulbs and annuals that burst into bright colors in spring and early summer. Many succulents---notably aloes---also produce wonderful, long-lasting flowers.

Editors, reporters, bloggers, GWA members and designers: If you need photos, succulents ID'd or anything else for articles, clients, online posts, etc., please ask. I'm happy to help!

View garden designer/author Rebecca Sweet's blog post about her visit.


California poppies, Agave americana, succulent ground covers

African daisies (gazanias), South African bulbs (blue babiana), succulent ground cover (mesembryanthemum, Drosanthemum)

An assortment of drought-resistant plants create a shifting kaleidoscope of colorful blooms, beginning in early spring.

Succulent tapestry:  A rectangular (11-by-22 foot) bed formerly held 15 rose bushes. I love hybrid teas, but the bushes are water hogs, require a lot of maintenance, and for much of the year are pruned sticks. So I converted the bed to a geometric succulent garden. Nearly every succulent you see here began as a cutting or pup from friends' and neighbors' gardens.

Succulent tapestry, succulent garden, aloes, Sedum rubrotinctum 'Pork and Beans', blue Senecio mandraliscae, graptopetalums, Agave americana, ground cover dymondia

Succulent tapestry, aloes in bloom, Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire', ground cover Lampranthus deltoides (Oscularia deltoides), Sedum rubrotinctum 'Pork and Beans'

Succulent sitting area:  I created a semi-circular space by digging into the slope between two oak trees. Along the top of the retaining wall, aeoniums, echeverias, kalanchoes and sedums create a half wreath you can sit inside. Higher on the slope grow larger succulents, such as Agave attenuata and Aloe arborescens.

These two areas of my garden were featured in Sunset magazine and reprinted in "Backyard Makeovers" (Sunset Books). A Better Homes & Gardens article about the garden was reprinted in the BH&G publication, Landscape Solutions. Articles about the garden also have appeared in San Diego Home/Garden magazine and the San Diego Union-Tribune. My own tips for overcoming less than ideal cultivation conditions accompany the U-T article. 


Yucca with African daisies (gazanias)   Pride of Madiera in bloom (echium), African daisies (gazanias)

South African bulbs, succulent ground covers and low-water perennials such as gazanias and pride of Madeira grow in proximity to yuccas and agaves, resulting in an intriguing mix of colors, shapes and textures. When the blooms taper off, the succulents---which look good year-round---again are the stars of the garden.

I like to use striped Agave americana 'Marginata' as a sculptural focal point.

Agave americana 'Marginata'

Agave macrocantha   Agave potatorum

Several of the pots that accessorize my home's outdoor living areas are miniature landscapes---a topic I cover in my book, Succulent Container Gardens.

Miniature landscape with succulents, minature terracotta mission church

This is what I see from my office window. A decorative pot containing Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' (tuxedo agave) is the focal point. Red ivy geraniums and Aeonium 'Sunburst' grow nearby.

Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' (tuxedo agave) in pot, blue Senecio mandraliscae ground cover, graptopetalums, red ivy geraniums, Agave attenuata, Aeonium 'Sunburst'

For more about my garden---what's wonderful about it and what drives me wild---visit the
Debra's Blog page for my photo essays (blog posts) at GardeningGoneWild.com.

My online photo libraries are helpful for planning and designing a garden, and identifying succulents you already have. Each collection has 350-400 photos, all different from those in my books or other photo libraries: Designing with Succulents Plant Palette, Succulents in Containers and Succulent Landscapes.

 

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