Moss is one of Earth’s most humble plants. It is one of the first to evolve and, without a vasular system, has remained primative in its design. In the garden, moss adds a sense age and peace to the garden. It is especially charming when paired with oldworld stone work or bricks.
Given the right spot, moss is easy to propagate and grow. To add a weathered in look, we often encourage moss to grow on our new projects by ‘spawning’. The process is simple. First we collect a stock of moss that is growning under similar conditions. Concrete on the north side of a building, moist shade in an existing garden, or the woods are great places to look. Then, using utility scissors, cut the moss into dust. This dust can then be sprinkled or blown around areas where moss is wanted. Clay soils or desomposed granite are a great surface to sapwn moss onto. For the crack and joints of stonework, tear the moss in to dime size pieces and press into recesses. Spawning moss is best done in the fall or winter while the garden is cool and moist.
For areas with regular water but more sun, try Irish or Scotch Moss. Though not a true moss, the effect is the same. Scotch Moss is available at most nurseries as a gound cover.
For a world of options, check out Moss Acres!
Photos by Mimi Arnold