How To Make A Succulent Rock Garden

A rock garden is one type of garden whose main design component are rocks. This is perfect for properties that are naturally rocky but can also be perfect garden options for areas that have a dry and hot climate, or places where water maybe scarce. It’s also a good option if you tend to forget watering your plants or would prefer a garden that uses less water and is low maintenance. Depending on how you style it, a rock garden can be rustic, modern or contemporary.


Succulents have come into fashion again in recent years, and they are popular plant choices for rock gardens. For this post, I’ll be listing instructions on how to make a succulent rock garden. If you think this is the garden for you, then here is how to make one.

Let’s get started. You will need:

Different sized rocks
Stones and gravel
Well draining soil
Plants (Choose from different kinds of succulents)

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As always, draw out your design on paper. You’ll want the rocks to be the base of the whole design and the make the plants serve as accents.

Once that’s done, time to go shopping for your plants and other materials.


Now that you have your materials, time to start making the garden.

Start by placing the rocks on the edge on your plan. Fill with soil. Make mounds in some areas to build height, keeping the soil in place with more rocks. Arrange more rocks in random areas on top of the soil. Lightly firm the soil.

Get your plants that are still in their containers and place them on the soil. Move and arrange into position where you intend to plant them, allowing ample space in between the plants to allow for growth.

Dig a hole big enough to accommodate the roots. Remove the plant from its container and plant in the hole you’ve made. Cover with soil and lightly firm in place.

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Don’t forget to plant between the rocks.

Once all the plants have been planted, cover the the top of the soil with stones or gravel. Water the entire area.

Don’t have a lot of space? Go mini!


Get a planter or container made out of concrete or a hollowed out rock, and use that to make your rock garden. Check out this post on how to make a succulent container garden.

If you’d like to make a path to go through your rock garden: choose a plain gravel path or a gravel path with stone pavers or wood planks for steps would look good in this kind of garden.