Moss Collection - How Moss Improves Shade Gardens -- Bryophyta
Moss naturally grows in moist, shaded areas. This is why many lawn grasses, which require full sun and well-draining soils, often fail where moss succeeds. If you've ever considered surrendering a lawn to moss, then find a shade garden as your best alternative. A shade garden transforms a section of failing lawn into a horticultural achievement. Moss won't necessarily dominate this feature, but it will provide a subtle green accent to a well-planned garden. Typical shade gardens include creeping groundcovers and large-leaved hostas and other shade plants. Placing moss in a garden adds a unique element. Some moss gardeners have found that they can sculpt hills and valleys from clay soil and grow moss directly on these carved features. This results in a green, rolling appearance. Some liken it to a lush miniature golf course. Other gardeners create storybook styled gardens with moss growing on rock outcroppings or old monuments and lawn statues. This type of reclaimed style can be eery, or it can be quaint. Regardless of your taste preferences, moss can provide your shade garden with a distinctive look. Moss is also comfortable to care for and grow. The plant does well in shade and enjoys moisture but it isn't necessary to water it during the day. A quick douse of water in the evening is enough to keep your moss vibrant. Additionally, moss can combat weeds and provide your shade garden with a natural atmosphere. If you have a garden with diverse elements, for instance, some creeping vines or large-leaved plants and ferns, moss ties the parts together. When cultivated in the available areas between various plants, moss provides a smooth transition for the eye as it wanders from garden element to garden element. Moss can withstand human traffic, which is good news for those who like to garden barefoot.