It’s All About the Glaze

– Posted in: Succulents

I had some fun recently selecting glazes for pots for succulents. The pots are by Mark Rafter (; I chose the plants and potted them up. What do you think?

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For information on obtaining these and other pots by Mark Rafter, contact him at

Debra Lee Baldwin
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored the Timber Press bestsellers Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. Debra is a regular contributor to Sunset and other publications, and her own half-acre garden near San Diego has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens. Debra specializes in showing how to use architectural, waterwise and easy-care succulents in a wide variety of appealing and creative applications.
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Cherie Smith November 20, 2013, 1:31 am

Where can one find Mark Rafter’s pots? They have to much character, as do the combo of plants, rock enhancements and planter!
Cherie Smith

Debbie Zonca November 20, 2013, 6:07 am

You’re right, the glazes you chose work wonderful with the plants. Also like the stones you chose to surround the plant. Pretty, pretty.

David Paul November 20, 2013, 6:18 am

You did a great job selecting the glazes to match the Cacti or Succulent Debra. I like the way the art in the pots (great stuff Mark!) maintains a natural terrestrial look and add to;… not compete with the plant subject.

Loni Shapiro November 20, 2013, 7:17 am

I have your book and use it for my container gardening classes I do each year. It brings many oohs and ahs. Love the combinations. Where can you purchase his pots?

Jo Ann Gentle November 20, 2013, 7:40 am

Great article on succulent containers. Does Mark have a website?

kate maryon November 20, 2013, 8:06 am

These are awesome little pots. The glazes really help show off the colours in the succulents

Donna Jones November 20, 2013, 8:37 am

Gorgeous! You have such an eye for beautiful arrangements! And such a talent for matching plant to pot!

Carrie November 20, 2013, 8:51 am

Cute and whimsical pots for Succulents!

Peggy Herrman - aka Orchid Ladies November 20, 2013, 9:38 am

fabulous. Love how plants and containers sing together. Both shine. Deborah, to affirm see a similar symphony on my current blog on Orchid Ladies. Best to you and yours during this season’s celebrations. Peggy

Judy Tillson November 20, 2013, 9:39 am

Debra, these are gorgeous. Each one a perfect pairing, each one a jewel! Thanks for sharing. Where can we find the beautiful pots?

Sheila Schultz November 20, 2013, 11:42 am

Mark’s pots are simply perfect for your succulent designs Debra. The glazes and succulent colors definitely work in harmony. Lucky you to know such a talented artist.

Ed Morrow November 20, 2013, 12:48 pm

Smashing, absolutely smashing (maybe not the word to use when talking about pots)!

Where did you get the plants?


Kelly November 20, 2013, 12:53 pm

Beautiful arrangements. I love succulents too!

Amy November 20, 2013, 2:54 pm

I think they are very sweet. I am starting to see how you use the pots to accent the succulents. I never gave it much thought until I started learning more about succulents.
How you make a simple succulent look so elegant, is so creative on your part.

I appreciate all the photos and posts that you take time to do. I have enjoyed learning about my new found passion!!

Cindy Hewatt November 20, 2013, 8:23 pm

You know how to choose a pot for your succulents very well.

jeanne November 20, 2013, 10:06 pm

Lovely Debra!

Candy Suter November 21, 2013, 12:21 am

You paired them perfectly my friend. These are really beautiful pots! I really like the top dressing also. Yummy!

Tobie November 21, 2013, 11:34 am

Harmony between pot and plant
resulting in a beautiful piece of living art.
So well done!

Robín November 21, 2013, 4:27 pm

Since the beauty of these plants (of all plants, in fact) make them living sculptures you do well choosing beautiful shaped pots. Just do not forget the shape of a plant is a dynamical living one, not just a sad silent stoned statue. We must remember, though they are so decorative, they are alive, not a mere painting -chef d´oeuvre or not- in our personal museum.
Yes, beauty fits to beauty.

PS: I sent to you this same comment in this same blog some dozen hours ago with a link to a computer made drawing of a fractal flower designed with a fractal program by me. I do suppose it has been sent automatically to the spam carpet because of the (clean, not spam; (a JPG image)) link.

Leticia November 21, 2013, 6:13 pm

I just got into succulents. I’m so glad you share such a beautiful pictures, they give me ideas.

Linda Jones November 22, 2013, 12:41 pm

Love all the red succulents and red pots!

Cornish Sam November 22, 2013, 2:12 pm

The previous compliments leave me with nothing to add.

You have an eye for beauty and harmony.

michaele anderson November 22, 2013, 9:34 pm

Ridiculously adorable…I love each one so much it almost hurts!

Debra Lee Baldwin November 25, 2013, 12:02 am

Hi, everyone — Thanks so much for the accolades. Inquiries about Mark’s pots should be made to him directly at The plants are from Oasis Water Efficient Gardens nursery in Escondido, CA. Their mail-order division is — Debra

kathrine December 1, 2013, 1:15 am

Love your pictures! I have three of your books and have read them front to back. I have also filled my house, yard, fence and hanging baskets with wonderful water efficient plants. I feel light I am painting a canvas with plants! I will have to post some pic’s soon. Thanks for all your shared wisdom!

Artificial Grass Coventry December 5, 2013, 5:27 am

They have to much character, as do the combo of plants, rock enhancements and planter. The glazes and succulent colors definitely work in harmony.

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