|Tammy Algood of the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension
Service explains how to plant a miniature rock garden.
Designed to resemble a scene or natural setting, rock gardens
mimic nature. You can easily create your own miniature rock gardens
in a container and display it on your patio or indoors, depending
on the plants you choose. For an outdoor rock garden, select herbs,
succulents or annuals. For an indoor garden, try low-growing tropical
When you're digging in your yard, on vacation or traveling, keep
your eyes open for interesting rocks. You'll be amazed at the
variety you find.
The project described below combines herbs and annuals. Select
plants with the same requirements for water and sun or shade and
varieties that are low-growing or trailing so they won't obscure
the rocks. Choose plants with foliage and bloom colors that harmonize
with the rocks.
Potshard to cover the drainage hole
- The finished project will be quite heavy, so build it where
you plan to keep it.
- Begin by placing a potshard -- or a piece of plastic window
screen -- in the bottom of the container to prevent soil from
- Fill the container half-full of fast-draining potting soil.
- Select rocks with interesting textures and shapes, and experiment
with their placement until you like the look of the container.
Place the tallest rock toward the back of the container (figure
- Place taller plants toward the back of the pot, gently loosening
their root balls before planting (figure B). If you like, move
the rocks out of the way to make planting easier. After planting,
It's easy to create a miniature rock garden at home.