Transform Your Garden with Ground Covering Succulent Plants: A Comprehensive Guide

Transform Your Garden with Ground Covering Succulent Plants: A Comprehensive Guide

Welcome to the exciting world of ground-covering succulent plants! These unique flora have long been esteemed for their beauty, diversity, and remarkable resilience. More gardeners are now embracing succulents, not only as individual showstoppers but as impressive ground covers that can transform a landscape. This guide will provide you with the knowledge and steps you need to start your own succulent garden. From selecting the right varieties, through planting and care. Plus, we have troubleshooting common problems for you.

If you're looking for a way to add a touch of nature's charm to your space while also keeping maintenance to a minimum, ground-covering succulents are the answer. Let's embark on this journey to explore how to create a captivating, low-maintenance garden with succulents that's sure to impress.

Transform Your Garden with Ground Covering Succulent Plants

What are Ground Covering Succulent Plants?

Ground covering succulent plants are a unique category of succulents that spread horizontally, covering the ground like a blanket. Instead of growing tall, these succulents flourish across the soil surface quickly. These plants create a lush, green carpet that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also highly resistant to drought.

Ground covering succulent plants, as implied by their name, are a subset of the succulent family that is characterized by their low-growing, spreading nature. These plants grow outwards, covering the ground efficiently with their dense, fleshy leaves.

  • One of the unique features of these plants is their versatility in terms of their adaptive capabilities. Ground covering succulents are highly tolerant of poor soil conditions and can thrive even in arid, rocky terrains.

  • Another feature is their drought resilience. Thanks to their succulent nature, these plants store water in their leaves. This makes them an excellent choice for areas with low rainfall.

Ground Covering Succulent Plants 

Types of Ground Covering Succulent Plants

There are many varieties of ground covering succulent plants to choose from, each with its own unique attributes and aesthetic appeal.

Ground Covering Succulent Plants | Sedum Spathulifolium
  1. Sedum Spathulifolium - Commonly known as 'Broadleaf Stonecrop', this plant forms a carpet of powdery blue-grey leaves. In the summer, it produces yellow star-shaped flowers that attract pollinators.
  2. Delosperma Cooperi - Also known as 'Ice Plant', it's a hardy succulent that produces a vibrant display of purple daisies. Like flowers from late spring to early fall. Its thick, fleshy leaves make it highly drought-resistant.
  3. Sempervivum Tectorum - Known as 'Hens and Chicks'. This plant forms a mesmerizing pattern of rosettes that spread outwards in a radial manner. It's highly versatile and can adapt to various soil conditions.
  4. Carpet Sedum - This low-growing ground cover plant forms a dense mat of tiny, succulent leaves, offering a cascading effect. It's an excellent choice for rock gardens or borders. Carpet Sedum, a popular choice among ground covering succulents, is also known as 'Gold Moss', 'Sedum Acre', or 'Biting Stonecrop'.
  5. Echeveria Elegans - Known as 'Mexican Snowball', this is an evergreen succulent forming tight rosettes of fleshy, rounded, pale blue-green leaves. In winter to spring, it bears pink flowers with yellow tips.

These are just a few examples of the vast variety of ground covering succulents available. Each type offers unique textures and colors that can transform any garden into a mesmerizing landscape.

Carpet Sedum |  Ground Covering Succulent Plants

Choosing the Right Succulent Plants for Your Garden

Choosing the right ground covering succulent plants for your garden can be a rewarding journey. It's not just about selecting plants that you find visually appealing. It's also the ones that are suitable for your garden's specific conditions. Here are some factors to consider when choosing these plants:

Choosing the Right Succulent Plants


Some succulents are more heat-tolerant than others and can survive in extreme temperatures. On the other hand, some varieties prefer cooler climates. Be sure to choose succulents that are suitable for your local climate.

  • When it comes to warmer climates, the Delosperma Cooperi, commonly known as the 'Ice Plant', is an excellent choice. This hardy succulent thrives in full sun and can withstand high temperatures, making it ideal for areas that experience intense summer heat. Its vibrant purple flowers can brighten up any desert landscape, and its fleshy leaves allow it to store water effectively, contributing to its high drought-resistance.

  • On the other hand, for cooler climates, the Sempervivum Tectorum, known as 'Hens and Chicks', is a suitable selection. This plant is known for its high frost tolerance. It can survive in cold weather and even under a blanket of snow. Its mesmerizing rosettes can add a touch of charm to your garden throughout the cold, dormant months. Its ability to adapt to various soil conditions makes it a versatile option for areas with cooler climates.


All plants need some level of care. Consider how much time you're willing to devote to caring for your succulents. Some might require regular pruning to maintain their shape, while others might need occasional watering.

  • The Carpet Sedum, for instance, requires regular pruning to control its rapid growth and spread. Regular trimming of this plant helps maintain its neat, compact appearance and prevents it from overtaking other plants in your garden.

  • On the other hand, the Sempervivum Tectorum or 'Hens and Chicks' requires occasional watering. Despite its high drought tolerance, this plant benefits from infrequent, deep watering. It's important to let the soil dry out completely between watering sessions to prevent root rot, a common issue with succulents. Remember, when it comes to watering these plants, less is often more.
Sempervivum Tectorum |  Ground Covering Succulent Plants


While most succulents are tolerant of poor soil conditions, they generally prefer well-draining soil. If your garden has heavy clay soil, consider amending it with sand or other materials to improve its drainage.


Most succulents love the sun, but some varieties can get sunburned if exposed to direct sunlight for too long. Consider the amount of sunlight your garden receives when choosing your plants.

  • Delosperma Cooperi - This succulent thrives in full sun, and the ample light exposure optimizes its vibrant purple bloom. Its hardy nature allows it to withstand high temperatures, making it an ideal choice for sun-drenched gardens.

  • Sedum Spathulifolium - This succulent prefers a lot of sunlight. Full sun exposure brings out the powdery blue-grey tint of its leaves. It encourages the growth of its yellow star-shaped flowers in the summer.

  • Carpet Sedum - This type needs direct sunlight accentuates its intricate leaf patterns and enhances its rapid growth, making it a beautiful addition to sun-exposed gardens.

Water: Ground-covering succulents are drought-tolerant, but they still need some water. The amount of water needed will depend on the specific variety, the local climate, and the time of the year.

  • Echeveria elegans needs minimal water. Water it once every two weeks in the summer and reduce watering to once a month during winter. Its thick, fleshy leaves make it highly drought-resistant.
    Echeveria Elegans |  Ground Covering Succulent Plants

Regardless of the type of ground covering succulents you choose, remember, the key to a successful succulent garden is diversity. By selecting a variety of ground covering succulents, you can create a lush and visually striking landscape that is also low-maintenance and resilient.

How to Plant and Grow Ground-Covering Succulent Plants

Transforming your garden with ground-covering succulent plants is a rewarding process. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you plant and nurture these delightful additions to your landscape:

How to Plant and Grow Ground-Covering Succulent Plants

Preparation & Planting

  1. Preparation: Before you start planting, it's essential to prepare the soil to create an optimal environment for your succulents. Amend heavy clay soil with sand. Add pumice, or perlite to improve drainage. If you're planting in containers, use a well-draining succulent or cactus mix.

  2. Planting: Dig a hole that's deep enough to cover the roots of your succulent plant. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the base of the plant is level with the surrounding soil. Backfill the hole with soil, pressing gently to firm it around the plant. Be careful not to bury the succulent leaves or stems in the soil.



  1. Watering: After planting, it's important to allow your succulents some time to adjust before watering. Wait for about a week, then water thoroughly. The soil should feel damp but not soggy. Always let the soil completely dry out between watering sessions.

  2. Sunlight: Place your succulents in a location where they will receive the appropriate amount of sunlight. Most ground-covering succulents thrive in full to partial sun. However, some varieties may get sunburned if they receive too much direct sunlight, particularly during the hottest part of the day.

  3. Maintenance: Prune your succulents as needed to maintain their shape and control growth. Some ground-covering succulents, like Carpet Sedum, grow rapidly and may need regular pruning.

  4. Fertilization: While succulents don't require a lot of feeding, you can promote healthy growth and vibrant colors by applying a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength during the growing season. Always avoid over-fertilization as it could lead to excessive growth and weak, lanky plants.

Follow these steps to nurture your ground-covering succulents and create a mesmerizing, low-maintenance landscape that's sure to impress.

Common Problems and Solutions while Growing Ground Covering Succulent Plants

Even the hardiest of succulents can encounter occasional challenges. Here are some of the most common problems and their solutions when growing ground covering succulent plants:


  • Overwatering or Underwatering: Succulents are known for their drought-tolerance, yet it's possible to overwater or underwater them. Overwatering can lead to root rot. Underwatering may cause them to dry up. It's essential to strike a balance. Water your succulents deeply but infrequently. Allow the soil to completely dry out between watering sessions.

  • Pests: Succulents can sometimes fall prey to pests like mealybugs, aphids, or spider mites. If you notice small cotton-like patches. Or even discolored spots, or a generally unhealthy look in your plants, pests may be to blame. Address this issue by gently wiping the affected areas with a cotton swab. Dip in rubbing alcohol or using a mild insecticidal soap.

  • Over-exposure to Sunlight: While most succulents love the sun, too much direct sunlight can cause sunburn. If your plants’ leaves are turning yellow or brown, move them to an area with filtered sunlight. Look out for your plants during the hottest parts of the day.

  • Lack of Nutrients: Succulents don’t need a lot of fertilization, but they may benefit from a little extra nutrition during the growing season. If your plants seem to lack vigor or their color is fading, consider applying a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength.

  • Frost Damage: Some succulents like 'Sempervivum' can handle frost. Many others are sensitive to freezing temperatures. If you live in a region with harsh winters, consider using frost cloths. Another option is moving potted succulents indoors to protect them.

By being proactive and addressing these issues promptly, you can ensure your ground covering succulents remain healthy and beautiful, enhancing the appeal of your garden.



Transitioning to a garden dominated by ground-covering succulent plants can truly revolutionize your outdoor space. Not only do these hardy plants create an eye-catching, diverse landscape, they also save time. Plus, reduces water usage, and minimizes maintenance efforts. They may encounter occasional problems such as pests, overwatering, or frost damage.

These issues can be swiftly managed with the right care and attention. By following the planting, watering, and maintenance guidelines outlined in this guide, you can invite a vibrant world of succulents into your garden. Remember, the key to a succulent garden is diversity and balance. The results will delight you throughout the year, providing a lush, low-maintenance, and resilient garden landscape.

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Jasmine Cooper

Hey succulent lovers! I'm Jasmine Cooper, a self-proclaimed succulent enthusiast and the voice behind this blog. My journey into the enchanting world of succulents began with a simple yet captivating gift: a small succulent pot. Over the years, I've dedicated countless hours to reading, researching, and immersing myself in everything succulent-related. My adventures have led me to collect an array of succulent planters and products, each adding a unique story to my ever-expanding succulent tapestry. Through this blog, I aim to share the knowledge and joy these remarkable plants have brought into my life, hoping to inspire and guide fellow enthusiasts and newcomers alike on their succulent journey.

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