Moss For Zone 5
Live Moss In Shaded Areas
The Wonderful World of Live Moss
Moss plays an essential role in many gardens. Where there is dappled sunlight or more heavily shaded areas not conducive to growing flowers or shrubs, moss can be a pure garden delight. There are several types of moss to consider for a lovely, natural garden look. These include:
. Cushion Moss
. Spaghnum moss Moss
. Rock Cap Moss
The Best Moss for Sandy Soil
Cushion moss develops well in sandy soil. As its name implies, it grows in the shape of a fluffy emerald cushion. It is also referred to as "white moss." It grows from tiny plants that look similar to bean sprouts. Once this moss plant takes root, it turns a garden into an artistic creation. It can be transplanted by simply cutting into the soil and removing a small section of the roots and plant. Try planting moss in garden stepping stones. It does well in an indoor terrarium and can be used to make fanciful swags and wreaths.
There are more than 100 species of this type of moss. The feature of this moss is its ability to retain water. It may grow naturally near drain spouts and areas where water collects in small pools and is dried by sunlight. Its tiny frizzy shoots identify it. It has great garden value once dried as peat moss. It will turn a dark brown shade when dried by the sun. Grow this moss and dry it for use as a protection for delicate plants that require above average moisture to survive. It is highly prized by a professional florist for use in flower pots. Use this moss in the base of a flower pot to insure moisture isn't quickly drained away.
Rock Cap Moss
This moss is often found in densely forested areas. It is easily identified by its piney evergreen appearance. It grows in dense mounds and is one of the hardiest of moss species. Its frothy look and slightly one to two-inch tendrils give this moss an airy look.
More Tips on Live Moss
It's fairly easy to encourage live moss to grow in shady areas. Use sturdy plantings and provide good drainage and sandy or woody soil. Live moss is relatively maintenance free. However, it can become overgrown if given the opportunity. Use live moss indoors in pots or train it into geometric shapes to create a natural garden focus.