An Indoor Rock Garden – A Tranquil Visual Escape

An indoor rock garden is an exciting garden theme to try. You not only get to choose what plants to put in your garden, but also what styles of rocks and stones to use.

Cacti and succulents are a natural fit for a rock garden, because they grow naturally in dry, rocky areas. Consider adding a water fountain as an additional feature. Running water makes a lovely, relaxing sound that will complement the rock garden nicely.

Creating your Rock Garden

  1. Go for a walk and collect a couple of rocks of different sizes. Collect the most interesting ones you can find with intriguing patterns and shapes (see Rock Collecting below).
  2. Rinse the rocks to clean them and remove any sand.
  3. Decide if you want your rock garden to be on the floor or on a table top. Either way, make sure that the garden will get lots of light.
  4. Find or make a surface that you can put between the floor or table and your garden, to prevent scratching your tiles or tabletop.
  5. Plants must be potted, but for cacti you can use very shallow pots (see Planting Cacti below). And clay pots are generally best!
  6. Start positioning the rocks. Start with the bigger ones, then add some smaller ones. Make it look natural by covering the visible parts of the pots!

Planting Cacti

Most rock gardens will include succulents or cacti. It’s important not to plant these in ordinary potting soil, because it will increase the risk that the roots will start rotting. Use a special succulent and cactus potting soilthat contains a higher sand content and drains the water better.

Rock Collecting

Be careful collecting rocks without permission. There are rules that govern rock collecting in various parts of the world. Make sure you’re aware of these so you don’t get into trouble.


You can also include minerals in your rock garden to add some interesting colour and patterns. You can pick these up at craft markets and shows. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be absolutely magnificent!