Live moss plants are to a garden what a blueprint is to an engineer. Moss plants are the most valuable and diverse garden supplements for bare spots, rock gardens, and dramatic fillers between sidewalks and border plants.
Types of Garden Moss Plants
When people hear the word moss, they are usually reminded of the delicate Spanish moss hanging from trees in tropical areas. However, moss is one of those natural plants with a life and mind. There are carpet moss, cushion moss, sheet moss, and fern moss, and wider varieties of live mosses.
The clue where moss thrives is taken from Spanish moss, which thrives best in the densely humid air. In more northern growing regions, live moss is more likely to be found in gardens and landscapes with an unusual amount of moisture. There are over 23 types of live moss species.
A little-known fact about some species of mosses is that they contain natural nutrients for the soil. Most live moss grows in clumps, a significant advantage for creative gardeners with an artistic talent for using this plant in stunning designs. Cushion moss, fern moss, braided moss, and hair cap moss are native to North America.
Gardening with Moss Plants
Since moss grows in low-lying clumps and has rhizoids attached to the ground, it requires no watering and no fertilizer. Moss plants rarely grow more than one foot in height at maturity. It is one of the hardiest garden plants and does well even in cold winters. The rhizoids survive and flourish when temperatures warm again in spring. You can purchase most plants from local garden centers or online.
Creature, a picturesque blanket of emerald, lives moss on hillside areas where grass or flowers is challenging to grow. To use moss for topiaries, it is necessary to help moss plants with a metal form.
For an artistic look to your moss garden, choose broom moss, pretty cord moss with silvery tips, small redleaf peat moss, or the elegant-looking waned hair-cap moss. Training moss into designs is relatively easy but requires maintenance and control. Mosses attract certain insects like gnats and ants. Use a natural pyrethrin repellent for insect control.
Planting Live Moss
There isn't much work to plant live moss. However, you may want to prepare a light layer of rich dark humus to hasten the growth of your moss plants. Layout humus in the shape you want the moss to take when new growth appears. Since live moss retains moisture, Garden moss can plant in dry areas of the garden or landscape around the base of trees that may not receive enough water. That reduces the need for frequent watering. Each rain event will cause live moss to absorb water and quench the soil beneath.
Live moss is excellent for terrariums, pots, most containers, and Bonsai gardens. Live moss plants provide a depth of tranquility to a lush garden, and they are a great way to keep the indoors bright and green all year round.