Saturday, 11 September 2010

Moss - Using Nature's Carpet in the Garden

Close-up view... Some Creeping Jenny amongst the moss.

Mosses grow abundantly here in Haliburton, Ontario.

Reindeer, Pin Cushion, Juniper moss, British Soldiers, as well as many Lichen varieties, are found everywhere in this part of the world. My home sits right on the Canadian Shield.

I've tried to take advantage of this by encouraging many of these natives in my garden, along with placing Scottish and Irish mosses in the cracks and crevices of the rock garden.
The picture above is my front steps, which get shade for much of the day, and is an ideal placement for encouraging such a look.

It's taken a few years, however, I'm pleased with the appearance, the way it connects and softens the hardscape of the wood and rock, and the fact that it is spreading more each year.
The bright emerald green look of moss is very attractive and fills in spaces that would otherwise be very empty looking without it.
Thinking that a green carpet is even more inviting than a red carpet!
To read more about moss and lichens, click here.
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Shyrlene said...

Karen - this is so impressive; your landscape design reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright. It gives the appearance of just occurring naturally and yet you have developed it over time. What a welcoming invite!

Wall Flower Studio said...

Oh, Shyrlene, thank you!
I never thought of it really, but happily admit that Fallingwater would have to be my ideal of what a home should truly be. Connecting nature, the location and traits of the land with one's home seems so simple, yet so completely effective. Thanks for seeing that here. : )