10 Beautiful Rocks for Your Succulent Garden

Want to add a flair to your succulents? Why not add top-dressings with one of these gorgeous 10 rock options?

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Kelly Adams

June 20, 2021

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Rocks for Your Succulent Garden

A succulent garden is a beautiful arrangement of various succulent plants. I love placing stones along with succulents because the burst of nature looks absolutely gorgeous.

Rocks placed in a succulent garden add to the aesthetic appeal of the overall space. They can also act as protective covers for succulent plants.

So what type of rocks can look good in your succulent garden? When choosing these rocks, you will have to consider the crush, color, and groundcover effects that they provide to succulent plants.

Here are the four different types of natural stone categories you can use for top dressings:

Boulders: These are the largest pieces of rock. Ideally, these are best for people who have gigantic succulent gardens.

Crushed Rock: Crushed rocks consist of angular stone pieces. These can be in assorted sizes or just in one size.

Rubble: When you crush rock into large pieces, you get rubble. Although rubbles are crushed, they aren’t as small as crushed grains. They are significantly larger than cobbles and pebbles.

Cobbles and Pebbles: Consider these as extremely tiny boulders. Pebbles come in a variety of sizes, but most of them are medium and go best with plants of moderate size too, that are neither too big nor small.

Why is Adding Rocks to Your Succulents a Good Idea?

Rocks can be placed both in an outdoor and indoor succulent garden!

It is possible to use rocks for both succulents planted outdoors and indoors. Whether your succulents are planted outdoors in the ground, or they are in pots and planters, you can easily add rocks. To add contrast to your succulents, I would suggest that you use rocks that are different either lighter or darker in color compared to the plants.

Apart from aesthetics, these rocks also prevent the soil of your plant from getting distorted while watering. They help keep the base of the soil in place.


Is the space too small for your big rocks?

If you find some rocks too big for a tiny space, you can crush them to make them smaller.

10 Beautiful Rocks for Your Succulent Garden

Your outdoor succulent garden space is in dire need of a makeover. Adding a variety of rocks or even one type of rock can transform the look and feel of the outdoor landscape.

1. Baja Cresta Rubble

What could be more beautiful than earth tones?

Assorted baja cresta rocks on top of one another

If you love a blend of maroons and earth-toned browns, you cannot go wrong with the baja cresta rubble. The Baja Cresta rubble will add that extra flair and appeal to any earthly texture and color of soil. If you want to enhance the crumbly earth effect around your succulents, you should choose this rubble.

2. Mexican Beach Pebbles

Bring the beach to your succulent garden!

Mexican beach pebbles of different shades

Mexican beach pebbles have one of the smoothest surfaces ever, which is formed by the ocean waves crashing onto these rocks. They are naturally found in Baja, Mexico and are formed by a volcano. These are also one of those pebbles you can find in various colors. Most of these stones are found in dark tones ranging from greys to reds and complete black as well!

Smooth to the touch, these rocks give a very eloquent look to any earthly landscape. Although they can be very expensive, they usually very last long. And that’s not all, they even survive in the harshest conditions - from snow and ice to heavy rainfall and the scorching sun!


Group the pebbles according to color!

You can use a monochromatic scheme by using a single color of the Mexican beach pebbles. If you want a high contrast look, try combining all these pebbles of different tones of greys and reds.

3. Gold Quartzite Boulders

Do you love the royal gold look?

Lots of tiny golden pebbles

The gold quartzite boulders have warm gold tones. This beautiful color dazzles and creates a marvelous royal look when sunlight is reflected off them.

The best part about these boulders is that they look good in almost every environment. Whether you have succulent pots on the floor, in a vast landscape or set against the wall, you can put these boulders against any material like wooden floors or even concrete.

These boulders may be called gold, but they are covered with silver mica patches too!

4. Baja Cresta Boulders

Yes, the Baja Crasta also comes in the form of boulders!

You should use baja cresta boulders when you want to add a spontaneous and dark touch to your succulent garden. Remember that boulders are only for outdoor spaces!


You can crush the Baja Cresta boulders!

Do you love the rustic look of the Baja Cresta boulders? You can crush these boulders and put them around.

5. Gambler’s Gold Crushed Rock

A pink and golden delight for any succulent garden!

Gold at noon and pink when the sun is rising or setting, the Gambler’s Gold can add a delightful touch to any succulent garden. The changing colors are especially ideal if you want your succulent garden to look as colorful as it can.

6. Red Lava Crushed Rock

Are you a fan of dark red shades?

Giant red lava rock boulders

You can pair red lava crushed rock pieces with any type of succulent. Its red texture will bring out the luscios greens of any type of succulent.

Based on my experience, you can get these wonderful lava crushed rocks!

Volcanic Lava Quarts

Fancy bright red lava rocks for your succulents!

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7. Desert Gold Crushed Rock

The royal touch and look of a desert? Yes, please!

These rocks are not just plain golden, but actually have a white base with hints of charcoal too! You can find these rocks in tanned tones, tints and shades of golden browns and greys!

8. Colorful Pebbles

These are tiny multicolored stones!

These are extremely tiny pebbles. They can even be as small as your fingers. You can even collect tiny stones from here and there while traveling and paint them using acrylic paints if you want to give DIY colorful pebbles a shot!

9. Brown Wood Pebbles

The brown wood pebbles look like tiny wooden beans!

These pebbles are ideal for landscapes because of their sandy brown color. Their earth tone makes them a great choice for blending in with any type of succulent. These look great with cacti.

Also known as bean pebbles, they last long with very low maintenance costs. Not only do they look gorgeous and give the ‘wooden’ feeling, they also provide resistance against harsh winds and chaotic fires.


Put the fire-proof abilities to your advantage!

Do you have an open garden space that can be prone to wildfires? These brown wood pebbles will not only add to the overall aesthetics but also provide protection against any potential fires.

10. White Pebbles (Polished or Unpolished)

For the open and minimal touch, you need polished or unpolished white pebbles!

White pebbles

These are the rocks you will love if you like the soft touch and fusion of tones of cream and white. On closer inspection, you may even find the texture of marble within these stones. You can find these white pebbles in two forms: polished and unpolished. If you want a reflecting and dazzling marbling look, polished white pebbles are the best.

Consider putting these pebbles as top-dressings on tall succulents as they will create the illusion of space with their fresh white look.

Rocks You Should Avoid Using for Your Succulent Garden

Not all rocks can be beneficial for your succulents!

Some rocks may look good, but they cannot be used as they can cause damage to succulent plants. Avoid using non porous rocks that can hinder your plants growth. You can check the porous characteristics of a rock by soaking it in water before you decide to use it as a top-dressing for your succulents.

Be cautious of non-porous rocks!

Rocks that alter the drainage system of succulents can harm your plant.


Be mindful of the rock color!

Don’t choose stones of dark colors if you live in a hot climate. The heat from the stones can transfer to the succulent plants and burn them.

Which Rock Would You Choose?

So remember that choosing rocks for your succulent garden is not just about the aesthetics but you should also consider the environment. Avoid using dark colors if it’s too hot where you live. Similarly, never use non-porous rocks as they can interfere with proper drainage of the succulents. Moreover, you can choose all these rocks in multiple forms. From boulders to rubbles to tiny pebbles, there are stones of different sizes depending upon the size of your succulent garden.

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By Kelly Adams

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Kelly and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Kelly and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!



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