Live Moss Makes a Shade Garden Pop with Color
The delicate beauty and ease of maintenance of moss make it an excellent plant for a shade garden. Add to this the different shades of green, from the gray-green of cushion moss to the vibrant green of carpet moss, and a shade garden has a nearly ideal plant. Just the sight of moss planted beneath trees or at the base of hosta plants speaks of relief from a hot day and the good feeling of an outdoor carpet beneath bare feet. Live moss is quickly shipped. If you can't plant it right away, it can be put in the fridge or even the freezer for a few days.
Moss is a non-flowering plant that reproduces by way of spores, and as such, it is similar to plants like ferns and horsetails. Because they lack roots, mosses take nutrients from the air, rain, and other types of moisture and through photosynthesis.
There are many varieties of mosses, and some of them work better in certain areas than others. Sheet moss, for example, can tolerate some sunlight and is an excellent moss for filling in those cracks between pavers. It can also stand the right amount of traffic.
Carpet moss can cover large areas because, as its name suggests, it lays like a lush green carpet woven of velvet. It is bright greenish-gold when it's young, and the green darkens as it gets older. It is so wonderfully soft that people used to stuff their mattresses with it.
Cushion moss not only has a silver or even white color but comes in balls and clumps that allow the gardener to use it decoratively. This type of moss prefers sandy soil.
Moss does best not only in the shade but in acidic soil. All other weeds and vegetation need to be cleared from the area. Should dig Two inches of peat moss should be dug in, and the area watered until it's muddy. Some gardeners prefer to plant clumps of different types of moss for a mosaic or green checkerboard effect. It would be best if you gently rinsed The clumps then pressed them into the area to remove air pockets. While they're waiting to be planted, the clusters should be kept wrapped in damp cheesecloth.
After the clumps are planted, you should seal them in place with mud. The bed will need to be checked frequently to ensure it stays moist while the moss establishes itself.