Best Sellers-Mosses include favorites for all zones
No matter where you live or the style of garden you’re creating, we’ve got a moss that will suit your needs. On this page, you’ll find our best-selling mosses. When you buy these most popular varieties, you can be sure you’re getting the trendiest mosses.
Best Sellers-Mosses have many different textures
One of the great things about moss is that the many varieties come in differing tastes. There are smooth mosses like our carpet moss, and then there are mosses that make new mounded patterns like our cushion moss. We even have a more open, airy moss called ‘polytrichium moss.’ Just imagine what kinds of landscapes you’ll be able to design with these differing textures.
Best Sellers-Mosses can mixed for sun or shade
Many people think of the moss as being something that only grows in moist, shady spots. But the truth is, many mosses grow well in shade or full sun. Within our selection of best-selling plants, you’ll find the most popular shade-loving moss and moss for full sun conditions so you can plant moss anywhere in your landscape.
Best-selling mosses for every zone
Regardless of whether you live in region three or 11, if you want to grow moss in your garden, we have at least a handful of best-selling moss species that will thrive in your garden zone. We stock several mosses that grow well in most or all of those zones. There aren’t that many plants that are that reliable.
Because mosses don’t obtain water through their roots (they absorb it through their leaves), you can plant them as densely as you like near other plants without having to worry about them competing for resources.
So if you want to grab a genuinely great deal on trendy mosses, our most popular and best-selling mosses look beautiful, feel beautiful and have a fair price. Buy yours today from just $4.99.
Sheet Moss - Hypnum
Sheet moss grows in northern North American forests where it is found on logs, rocks and other surfaces. Since it is located in a variety of places, it is known by a range of names such as carpet moss, log moss, rock moss, and feather moss. These names describe some of the moss' qualities. It is flat, thick and can be harvested in sheets, which makes it easy to transplant. The moss prefers slightly acidic soils, both loam or sand. It does well in areas with partial shade. Homeowners with shaded lawn areas use moss as a lawn alternative. Moss withstands light foot traffic and is quite comfortable below bare feet. It can also be used in shade gardens. Sheet moss' color ranges from bright green to yellow. It is hardy to USDA zones 5 through 7 and grows prolifically in cold, humid climates. Aside from lawns, moss is grown on green roofs to encourage energy conservation. It is used as a lining for hanging baskets, as a soil cover for terrariums, for arts and crafts and also for packing material. When harvested from forests or natural areas, the moss is peeled back in a sheet and can be dried before shipment. When it arrives at its destination, the sheet is unfurled and laid out on a prepared surface free of competing weeds and grasses. Once situated, a moss lawn or ground cover requires little maintenance other than regular watering. However, if the yard is sited in a naturally shaded and humid area, there is little need for additional care. Your lawn will be green and verdant without the need of a lawnmower, fertilizers, or chemical treatments. Most commercial moss originates in the Appalachian region or the Pacific Northwest. If your climate is similar, then your moss should take hold without much trouble.
Carpet moss (genus Hypnum)is one of the most sought-after ground covers for shady areas. Both its vibrant green color and its soft texture (hence the name "carpet") make it a stand-out. A well-established bed of carpet moss is one of the closest things you will ever find to a natural picnic blanket: soft and comfortable to lie on, and resilient enough to take it. But they also form a gorgeous counterpoint to rock gardens or tree groves. There is a long tradition of using carpet mosses in, for instance, Zen gardens: their smoothness and stillness impart a sort of tranquility which rustling grasses do not.
Descended from aquatic plants, mosses have no roots, and this allows them to grow over terrain that other plants cannot (such as solid rock faces). In the wild, carpet moss tends to grow on stream beds, around trees, and among rocks. It prefers a relatively well-shaded and moist environment; though once established, carpet moss can tolerate a broader range of conditions. In particular, Hypnum species are not picky about their soil substrate: they can grow on a solid block of granite.
As a ground cover, carpet moss is often grown from "plugs" that are spaced out across the area intended to be covered. It is essential to thoroughly weed the area before the moss bed is fully established, and if possible to avoid disturbing it. While being established, carpet moss should be kept moist.
Carpet moss has several uses beyond the ground cover. Historically, dried carpet mosses were once used like down, to stuff mattresses and pillows. More recently, carpet moss is used as a framing element in many flower arrangements. Still, more recently, tufts of carpet moss have been used as decorative elements in their own right, formed into balls or set in bowls, bringing a little piece of Zen gardening inside your home.
Reindeer Moss - Cladonia rangiferina
Despite its name, reindeer moss is a lichen. Lichens are known for their ability to survive in extreme environments, including the Arctic. Because of its incredible hardiness, lichen will have no trouble thriving in your home or yard. Its compact size makes reindeer moss a perfect addition to a window box or terrarium. It also makes an appealing ornamental addition to any outdoor garden.
Reindeer moss is made up of intricately laced gray and white branches. It grows in large clusters that, when spread out over the surface of a rock, bear a pleasing resemblance to snow or frost. The lichen can reach a height of four inches and will spread out indefinitely over time. However, thanks to its relatively slow growth rate (3-5mm per year) there is no need to worry about reindeer moss taking over your garden.
Like most lichens, reindeer moss grows best on rocks. It can also be cultivated on tree trunks or in sandy soil. Reindeer moss can grow in any climate, but in areas, with low humidity, it will benefit from occasional misting with a spray bottle. No matter where you choose to plant, be sure to keep reindeer moss in the shade. Once established, it needs minimal attention. Water occasionally and protect from animals if planted outside.
Reindeer moss has medicinal and culinary purposes for indigenous cultures in Alaska and the Himalayas, who use it to treat stomach ailments. It is also prevalent among hobbyists who create decorative terrariums, which incorporate both live and preserved specimens in their displays.
This decorative lichen adds visual appeal wherever it is planted. Use reindeer moss as an attractive ornamental border for your garden, or include it in indoor plantings to bring a touch of nature into your home.