Carefree, Decorative Live Garden Moss
Garden moss is a gardener's best friend for landscapes with bare spots. Depending on the species the gardener chooses, garden moss makes wonderful additions between stepping stones, walkways and along paths.
Live Garden Moss - Hardy and Abundant
Garden moss grows best in damp areas. This is one reason it is often seen growing under tall oak and maple trees. It's important to note that live garden moss prefers dappled sunlight for some species like Irish Moss and shade for Sheet Moss.
There are over 20,000 varieties of moss. In some gardens, it can take over large areas if not properly controlled. When this happens, consider removing sections of the moss and creating beautiful garden structures by setting it over a stone, wire or cement form or in containers.
Moss is a hardy and abundant plant for landscapes and helps retain moisture. It rarely grows more than two inches in height and has sturdy root systems. Although Fern Moss, if uncontrolled, grows about one to two feet in height.
As to Growing Zones, live garden moss can withstand winter temperatures in Zones 1 through 5 easily. Moss roots need moisture so dry, arid climates of Zone 6 and above need to provide plenty of moisture and keep soil damp to the touch.
Choosing Live Garden Moss for an Attractive Landscape
Garden moss allows garden landscapes to become enchanting with decorative live topiaries.
Instead of disposing of unwanted stones, pile them into a "cairn" about four or five feet in height. To each layer, place a small patch of fern of one or more species, saving the taller Fern Moss for the top "crown."
As the moss begins to grow, it covers the outside of the cairn and the Fern Moss springs out of the top like a fountain. To add to the landscape decor, create an Irish Moss infused stepping stone path to the cairn centerpiece.