Top Dressing: Decorative rocks for your succulents
Learn how to add a professional touch to your succulent arrangements by using a top dressing, or decorative rocks. This simple addition will take your succulents to a whole new level!
One of my favorite discoveries in regard to designing with succulents is the use of top dressings. If you’re not familiar with this term, a top dressing is simply decorative rocks that are placed on top of the soil after your arrangement is set.
This often overlooked feature can make a beautiful arrangement even more stunning.
My friends Michael and Danielle Romero were the first to introduce me to this idea. They are amazing designers and I was fortunate to photograph some of their arrangements when working on my book, Idiot’s Guides: Succulents.
When I arrived to photograph, they were just finishing up adding the top dressings to several succulent arrangements. It was so amazing to see the transformation of these arrangements as they carefully selected top dressings to coordinate with their succulents.
Adding these decorative rocks not only looks good, but it’s functional too! The top dressing help keeps the soil in place when watering.
This prevents the arrangement from shifting very much over time. It can also reduce the amount of dust that flies up when you water.
Watch the video below to see the difference adding a top dressing can make when you’re cleaning up a succulent arrangement!
While I loved this idea of using top dressings, I was surprised at how difficult it was to find a top dressing for succuelnts I loved that was easy to purchase. I’ve spent hours shopping online and locally for just the right thing.
When I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for, I reached out to the fabulous Bonsai Jack for help. Sure enough, he was able to add a line of top dressings to his store!
We came up with seven different color options to choose from. I’m partial to the light pastel myself, but there are options from light to dark so you’ll find something you love!