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How to Create a Moss Garden!

Updated on September 22, 2016

If you have a shady area in your garden where no flowers or shrubs will thrive then you may have the perfect spot for a moss garden! Or maybe you already struggle to get rid of moss in your lawn in some places? Stop that, and make your garden life easier by following nature and construct a moss garden! Or let the area be a moss mat! A moss mat is wonderfully soft to walk on, it requires no lawn movers, no fertilizer, no need to rake grass clippings etc. And even if I know that some people think of moss as weed I think moss is beautiful in the right place. So instead of trying to get rid of the moss; you should start to take care of the moss and nurture it. I will show you how beautiful moss can be!

A moss garden can also consist of moss in a bowl! Very decorative and mobile!
A moss garden can also consist of moss in a bowl! Very decorative and mobile! | Source
Beautiful moss
Beautiful moss | Source

A moss garden can be the opening to a brand new world in your garden. The thing with a moss garden is that it is supposed to be suiting without so many startling colours. It is an area where you can sit down and enjoy the calm and stress free environment. A moss garden doesn’t need so much work and maintenance either, so you will have time to sit down. And since there are many different kinds of moss you will get several colours anyway even if moss all come in green shades. It doesn’t matter which size your garden is, you just adapt your moss garden to the area available, and create a small moss garden in a limited place, or you can create a bigger moss garden with moss mat, moss beds and trees. It all depends on the climate and the sun conditions in your garden. The most famous moss garden can be seen in Japan where the monk Muso KUKuhis famous moss garden is located outside of Kyoto. The garden is also called Kokedera and it was built in the 1300s. The garden is a pure moss garden and consists of hundreds different mosses with trees as only accent. Mosses can be seen as timeless and a moss garden provides with stillness and a view of eternal life. Japanese garden is made for relaxation and meditation and such places is something we all need now and then. A moss garden should resemble a creation done by nature itself even if is created by man and some call a moss garden “The art of artlessness”.

Find the right spot for a moss garden!

If you want to know if a moss garden is possible in your area; look on the surrounding nature. Moss grows in many places of the world and in addition to humidity, bedrock and soil also affects which moss that grows in one place. Moss grows where it is a bit damp, and some mosses require very humid climate. Consequently, where there are mountains and forests there are always a lot of moss. Moss requires also some light in order to grow; they can’t grow in full sunlight and they can not grow where it is too dark. What they need is at partly shady area beneath a tree or in the shade from a wall. If you live in a place that have seasons, remember that conifers shade the entire year, while deciduous trees transmits sunlight during winter months.

Most mosses require slightly acidic soil with pH of 6 to 6,5 and mosses can endure withstand of drought better than for example grass, the moss just stop growing and wait for the water to come.


This type of moss grows in my neighborhood
This type of moss grows in my neighborhood | Source

Type of moss which is best suited for a moss garden!

The specie of moss which is suitable for use in a moss garden is moss that thrives in acid soil, because then they will get less competition from weeds.


For best results, you should use a native moss. But do not just fetch moss from the forest, at least not without asking the land owner. Instead, ask your good friends who has sites with moss, maybe they are glad to get rid of it! Or you can purchase tufts of moss.

How moss is spreading!

Moss spread spontaneously on many substrates, for example, soil, peat, decayed wood and on stones. Propagation is made by airborne spores. So if you buy peat blocks, there are already moss spores in the blocks. In good growing conditions, you can take any kind of moss, crush it and spread it over the surface you have planned for a moss garden, and you have a seed bed of moss! But if you use this method be aware that you may have an area full with weed instead of moss, since you can’t control the area. Another way if you like to use crushed dry moss is to sowing the moss in boxes, watered with a mix of low-fat milk and water and covered with a cloth. In this way you have control over the moss and can plant it out to the right spot when they have grown a little. Then you just have to take care of the small moss plants and give them the right conditions, like damp, moisture and light.

Polytrichum commune
Polytrichum commune | Source
Speed up the growing process by brushing on milk or buttermilk!
Speed up the growing process by brushing on milk or buttermilk! | Source
Remove  leaves gently from the moss with a brush!
Remove leaves gently from the moss with a brush! | Source

How to nurture a moss garden!

The best time for planting a moss garden is at times when evaporation is small; usually in the spring or fall in areas with seasons. Carefully remove all weeds before planting. Lay out a layer of suited substrates if the soil isn’t right for mosses. Unfertilised peat mixed with sand and some clay can be a good mix that provides a acid layer. When the moss carpet has become dense it is fairly competitive, especially on poorer soils in shady locations since other plants may have difficulty to thrive there. Moss can endure extreme nutrient condition but they are sensitive for air pollution since they take all their nutrients and water directly from rain and deposition. One exception is “Polytrichum commune” which produces high pillows in moist woodland and that can be used in areas with more air pollution.


If you want moss to grow on peat block or stones, one way to speed up the growing of moss is to brush the places where you want the moss to grow with buttermilk. That will speed up the natural process in places with right conditions.


When the moss cover desired area, you nurture the moss garden by constantly cleaning the moss from leaves and debris that shouldn’t be allowed to remain on the moss for a long time. Brush off any leaves and needless when the moss is dry and pick grass and plants off the moss area constantly.


And do not walk on the moss! A famous Finish writer Tove Jansson, wrote: “Only farmers and summer guests walk on moss!”. When you walk on a moss once, the moss recover the next time it rains, but if you walk on the moss a second time it may not recover, and the third time you walk on the same spot, the moss is dead and have to be replaced.

A moss corner!
A moss corner! | Source

Other features in a moss garden and some more inspiration!

You can also plant a few perennials or shrubs as complement to the moss if you like. In that case, choose shrubs or perennials that like the same environment, as Rhododendrons, Ferns, Hostas and Trillium. But remember that for the special feeling in a moss garden, don’t overdo it, it is the moss that should be prominent feature, shrubs and perennials are only adjunct plants.

Stones are common in moss gardens and the stones that are best suited are natural stones that should be carefully chosen. You can use the stones as step stones or only for decoration.

Other common feature in a moss garden is water. Water can be added in a simple way by water in a bowl or as a prominent feature, like a stream or a pound.

You can also try and make moss grow on things like chairs or sofas for example. I hope you got some inspiration and tips of how to use moss in your garden from this article.

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    • Silver Fish profile image

      Silver Fish 6 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      What a lovely hub, I have never heard of moss gardens before, and the way you describe them is so appealing, I may be tempted to have a go!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi silver Fish, it is always nice to see you! A moss garden can be a lovely place in your garden, and the right spot is mostly in an area where nothing else thrives anyway:) So, instead of going against nature; go with it! Thanks for your much appreciated comment!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi thougtforce thanks for this very interesting and informational hub ! I know a few people who have moss gardens and they are very beautiful .

      Great hub!!! Thumbs up !!!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is so wonderful - love the pictures, the information - the tips! Everything! Why fight nature - we cannot win - because we are meant to enjoy it, and may have to be forced.

      I am bookmarking for sure - and will keep this is mind.

      Rated up and thanks a million!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow...I had to look at that chair twice...I just couldn't believe it. Thanks for this informative hub.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hello Tom, good to hear that there are some moss gardens out there! A moss garden can be so beautiful on the right place and can turn a hopeless area into something very special! Thanks for your great comment, and I am glad you enjoyed the read!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi BkCreative, I am so glad you found this hub informative! I get a picture before my eyes of a beautiful moss garden as a tranquil oas there in the hectic citylife where you live! A moss garden must be so well suited in a city where the space is limited!

      It is always best to work with nature and enjoy instead of stuggle:)

      Thank you very much for you wonderful comment and the vote! Your visits in my corner is so appreciated!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hello Genna East, Yes, isn´t that chair just marvellous! I would love to have one in my garden! There is so much that can be done with moss, the options are endless, all you need is a bit imagination! I wish you luck with your moss garden!

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      What a fabulous idea. I am going to try it.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Bravo! "Nurture moss"--absolutely!

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      Sierra Mackenzie 6 years ago

      I love this hub. It falls right into my love of nature and the out of doors. I use to bring home rocks covered with moss, but the moss never survived. Now, through this hub, I know where I made mistakes, and can have a real moss garden.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hello Mrs.J.B. and you are most welcome! Thanks for your great comment and I hope your moss garden will be fabulous too. Just pick the right spot and let your creativity flow!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      RTalloni, I am happy to meet you here! I can imagine that nurture isn´t the first thing that comes to mind when one think about moss! But if it´s should be done properly, thats what it takes! Thanks for coming by, your comment is appreciated!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Sierra Mackenzie, Yes, I know what you mean, those lovely moss covered rocks that can be found in nature! I bring some of them home as well! It can be difficult to preserve the moss during transport, but with the right place, and some care, the moss will recover! Thanks for your much appreciated comment and I wish you good luck with your moss garden!

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      vans backpacks 6 years ago

      Moss killer usually contains iron sulphate as an active ingredient, this will stain most surfaces.Adding moss to a garden is a beautiful way to enhance its appearance,and with this easy and inexpensive recipe,you'll enjoy growing moss as well.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      vans backpacks, yes it is better to add moss to the garden, and make it look beautiful! So, get rid off the moss killer! Thanks for coming by and for your comment!

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      jetta17 6 years ago

      Not sure if it was mentioned so far, but a bonsai garden is the perfect place for moss.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi jette17, Yes it definitely is! Moss can add something very special to a bonsai garden! Thanks for your valuable input with a great suggestion on how moss can be used!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Ewwwww love the moss garden and I can just see great moss growing around my zen garden near my koi pond. Thanks for the tips on how to create and grow a moss garden. :) Katie

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Katie, I wish I could see your garden when it is finish! A koi pond is so right in a moss garden and if you see some moss there already it is the perfect spot! I hope the result becomes marvellous and that a moss garden will add value to your landscaping! Thanks for your great and positive comment!

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      excellent hub .I have always admired moss in the countryside during the winter months creating green among the dank vegetation. There are so many coloured ones. On the north west coast of England the growing conditions for moss is excellent. Thank you for sharing . Rated up.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi D.A.L., I also like moss in nature, it comes in many green shades and looks always fresh during all seasons.

      Thanks for stopping by and for the rating. It means a lot coming from you!

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Wonderful and beautiful page, thanks for the advise. I just love moss gardens and one day plan to do one myself.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Fluffy77, how nice to meet you here! A moss garden can be a very beautiful and tranquil place. And you do not need so big mossgarden to achieve that feeling. I wish you good luck with your mossgarden. Thanks for coming here and leave a supportive comment!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Very interesting. I love gardening but never thought of making a moss garden. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Esmeowl12, How nice too meet you! Moss is mostly unwanted in a garden but when moss is used in landscaping and in the right spot it can be so perfect in a garden! I wish you much success if you try a mossgarden! Thanks very much for your kind comment!

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Love this hub. The chair is seriously cool. I'm starting one this spring in our side garden. Thanks so much for the ideas.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi The Dirt Farmer! With a name like that you must be a person who loves gardening! I am in love with the photo of the chair myself and try to find the best spot for something similar! I am happy you got some ideas and I am certain your chair will look wonderful! Thank you, for your comment!

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      kentuckyslone 6 years ago

      Wow, milk will help moss to grow? I love moss and have spent a lot of time back in the woods where it grows aplenty. My daughter would always say "dont step on the moss daddy!" Beautiful hub, really...

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Kentuckyslone, your daughter must have known that moss can’t tolerate people walking all over them! Isn’t it great that something that grows natural and is spreading can be used as a beautiful area in the garden! Just find the right conditions and a moss garden will be reality! I am delighted that you liked this hub! Thanks for your visit! Tina

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi thougtforce,

      I can honestly say that I have never heard of a moss garden in all my life. Because of that, it seemed a very strange concept for me for a few seconds but you have completely won me over, what a brilliant idea!

      :-) xxx

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      The easy way is sometime a winner:) We shouldn't spend so much time working against nature and if we have a shady damp area there is no use in trying to grow a lawn there when moss can be so beautiful instead. I am pleased that you read on and liked it!

      Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a garden or a shady place to try this!

      Tina

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      greg g zaino 6 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      hälsningar syster- - Fun- Fun- Fun!

      i just shared your "Mid Summer Eve Festivities" hub on facebook again for a friend from Sweden. Elin works with Libby in Key West.

      So- i figured while i was here, let's take a look at something new to me!

      glad i did too- i love moss and wish i could grow it here in the new Orchid hut i built for Lib... i will look in the nearby naturally overgrown land in our neighborhood. perhaps i can find a species there.

      thank you Tina- you have stirred my curiosity- this makes your article a success... Ja!

      Adjö och fred min vän.

      greg

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Greg, min vän, how nice to see you! Yes, moss in an Orchid hut would be a great way to grow moss where you live I think. An Orchid hut sounds very interesting and fun too! It is well worth trying and I hope you can find some natural moss, it will have better chances to thrive! I love moss and once you got started there seems to be no end to what one can do with moss. At least where I live since we have a humid climate. But moss is a species that has been on Earth for millions of years and are very strong and adaptive so I think you will do well:)

      Thanks for sharing the Midsummer Eve hub Greg! We celebrated Midsummer Eve yesterday with traditional music, song and dance, and good friends and it was as usual a special festivity even though it rained later in the evening. I thought about you yesterday and wondered if you did any midsummer celebration or if you did eat any herring!

      Let me know how it went with the moss and it is always good to see you in my corner!

      Ta väl hand om dig min vän

      Tina

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      danfresnourban 6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great article, I have wondered about moss gardens for years, but I just assumed that they maintained damp conditions and waited for the moss to grow. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      danfresnourban, to let nature have its way also works, given the conditions are right, but it can take a while before the moss thrives! If you are in for landscaping you wouldn't want to wait to see the final result from your efforts:)

      It is so nice to meet you here and thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

      Tina

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      Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      stunning and a wonderful way to use those areas in your garden that don't get much sunlight.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Lynn Stewart, Thanks for your wonderful comment and for your visit. It is great to know you liked this and I hope you can use some of the ideas!

      Tina

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      What a delightful hub! I've seen pictures of formal parks and such that have this kind of mossy beauty but had never thought about training moss to grow over anything myself. I really like the moss-covered staircase! It's like stepping into another world. Thank you for such a beautiful place to land for a few minutes. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      The moss-covered staircase is one of my favourite too! I think moss is beautiful and I find it to be very useful in shady areas. The great thing is that we can try to grow moss on the things we have in our garden, there is endless possibilities. Thanks for the great comment seedplanter, I so appreciate your visit!

      Tina

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      lanealanea 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Okay Thoughtforce, this is the most cool thing that I have ever seen. First of all, I take good care of everything but plants are always last and get the worst of me. Even if I try, I water too much, finally my husband bought those cool sticks that feed the plant or something. Bottom line is I so totally want to try to do this. SOO COOL! Thanks for making such a cool hub on this, I believe there are a ton of people who haven't seen such a thing. Cheers

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Lanealanea, Oh, I am so glad to hear that. There is a way to have a beautiful garden for everyone, it is just to find one that suit our personality! I hope you have found your garden style here. Thanks for the uplifting comment and I wish you good luck with the moss garden!

      Tina

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      The Lex Blog 5 years ago

      moss grows somethimes where i want it and some times where i don't like it.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      The Lex Blog, yes, moss usually grow where the environment is optimal, and it is in those places we should nurture the moss instead of fighting it! Thanks for reading!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Awesome hub. I love moss myself and have a mossy area on the northeast side of my home in my natural woodland garden area.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Lilleyth, it is so nice to meet you here! And thanks for the positive comment. Moss are a winner in the garden and it is very suited in a woodland garden area. A natural woodland garden area sounds so great and it must be wonderful to have one. I want to have a woodland area in my garden but I don't really have the natural place for it. So if I want one, it will need to do some thinking and some work but nothing can beat the beauty of nature.

      Tina

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      ChooseHealthyFood 5 years ago from Canada

      Nice! I wanted a moss garden for my shaded backyard but never had time to research this.

      Thank you for this hub.

      Olga

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi ChooseHealthyFood! Moss is a real winner in a shady area, it makes gardening so much easier and looks green with minimal effort! I hope you will enjoy your moss garden! Thanks for the comment and it is so nice to meet you!

      Tina

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I had seen photos of Kokedera garden in Kyoto but honestly i never thought those are Moss. I have enjoyd reading this Hub and it is very useful.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi dwachira, I am glad you liked this! Moss is so usual in some parts of the world so maybe that is why we don't see it or maybe we focus too much on trees, shrubs and flowers and don't notice the ground vegetation! Thanks for reading.

      Tina

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      David Campeau Jr 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I just attended a moss workshop put on my Moss Acres this Saturday. I actually work on the property where the workshop was held. Richard R. Smith, was the guest speaker and boy did he know a lot about growing moss.

      We have a ton of moss on our property. In fact, Moss Acres used to be run out of the basement of the house I live in. We have some nice moss gardens here and I maintain the garden that Al Benner establishes in the video above. I was actually just going to write a Hub on this same topic. Yours is very well put together.

      Where do you get your moss from in Sweden? Rick Smith was saying that Jan Peter Frahm said it is very difficult to get in Europe.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi David Campeau Jr! How interesting to know that you maintain the garden in the video! That is fantastic and I am so glad that you liked this hub! I hope you will write a hub about this subject since you will have a lot of information and also photos, I would love to read it! Please tell me if you do! Moss is very common in Sweden and it is also quite easy to grow moss on the right spot. If we need some extra moss or some moss to start with we can buy moss or we can ask forest owners if we can take a bit of moss in the woods. But I do not really know where to buy moss in Sweden if larger quantities is needed and if someone wants to get the moss garden ready in a hurry. I will look into that! Thanks for the interesting and positive comment, I appreciate it!

      Tina

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      I absolutely love this hub! Now I'm inspired to try to grow a moss container style garden. Will try the buttermilk to speed up the process as you suggested. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Also will share this one in a moment. Great job on this!

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      katrinasui 5 years ago

      Excellent hub! I love gardening but never thought of making a moss garden. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Cathleena Beams, it is so nice to meet you and I am glad to know that you liked this hub! I hope you will enjoy your moss container style garden. It is so much fun and looks great too. Thanks for the encouraging comment, I appreciate the votes and the sharing!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Katrinasui, there is so many possibilities with moss in a garden and a great way to make something extra with a shady area! Thank you so much for the visit in my corner!

      Tina

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      That is so clever I love it. I know a few people that would enjoy this hub so I'm gonna pass it along.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I love moss gardens. I don't have one here but I had one at our old house. There was a brick patio in the back of the house where no sun hit. I use to pour milk on the brick to get it growning. It was looking pretty good when we sold the house. I love the feel of it. I could get one going here we have plenty of shade. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a fabulous hub!

      Many years ago, my daughter attended summer "camp" at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in California and learned how to make a moss garden in a shallow dish. Although the dish didn't mature the way we'd have liked it to, it did open our eyes to another world - a world revealed by the magnifying glass. Moss structure is fascinating, and so are the tiny creatures that call moss their home. Taking a magnifying glass to moss feeds the thirst for learning and creates the space for imagination to fly.

      Today, I encourage moss wherever I find it in the shady places of my yard, between the spaces of patio bricks or where stepping stones meet soil. Recently, my patio needed repairs in a few areas, and the contractor said he'd power-wash the entire patio to get rid of the moss. I think you can imagine what I said. :)

      Voted this hub up, awesome, beautiful and everything else.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi nmdonders! Thank you so much for the positive comment and for sharing! Moss is beautiful and can also be practical!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi moonlake! Moss is great in the right place and I love the softness and the fresh green color. It can give new life to a hopeless corner in our garden with fairly little effort from our side. I hope you try it again! Thanks for the encouraging comment and I am glad you liked this one.

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Sally's Trove! I know what you mean and I also found moss to be beautiful in more than one way. It is a fascinating world in and on the moss and some moss structure are amazing. I have never tried to use a magnifying glass but I have looked very closely at moss, both during my studies when I attended a course in biology and also in the woods and in my garden. I sometimes seek the silence in the woods or other silent places since it gives me room to think if I need that or I can choose not to think at all by looking at all the beautiful things around me. And there is nothing more calming than to sit in the woods surrounded by soft, green moss.

      Good to know that you stopped the contractor! Moss gives a special character to a place and there are so many people who chase the moss off. Some of us must preserve and nurture:)

      Thank you Sally's Trove, for adding to this hub with your point of view! It is so important that we take time to see also the things that are not obvious at a first glance.

      Tina

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Although I love gardens with lots of flowers, a Japanese/rock/moss garden is also a favorite. It looks simple, uncomplicated and elegant. My place is quite shady so I hope it encourages moss growth. Thanks for your tips thoughtforce. Voted up and useful, awesome. :)

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      vibesites, I am so glad you found some inspiration from this hub and I hope you will enjoy your moss garden! Thanks for the comment and for the votes!

      Tina

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      I love the green moss garden. They are so soothing for eyes. Thanks for sharing the amazing post.

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      theweaksend 4 years ago

      Beautiful! Also, I never would have thought that milk would help them grow faster, I guess even moss needs healthy bones! haha Great hub!

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      This hub was just so nice and soothing just to read. I've never thought about growing or nurturing the growth of moss. Thanks for all the information and tips. Your images were great. I did like the moss on the go image. Have a good week.

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Great Idea , I have an area in my garden that gets no sunlight , I will be trying this , if I do it right and it looks good I will write a hub about my success, and put some pictures of my little moss garden in it, and Link it to this hub :) thanks for the idea

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      Dan Barfield 4 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      Love this idea! I am moving into a new house soon and have been looking for ideas for the outside space... I now have some!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Very interesting article! I love the tip about using buttermilk - that's an interesting tidbit!

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      Winchestery 4 years ago

      Nice article. I think I'll add moss to the little rock garden I made last year. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Arif Ahamed 4 years ago

      hmm, really nice idea !

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      Panga Sandu Teodor 4 years ago from Romania

      nice post

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      Albin Pius 4 years ago from kerala,India

      Great article..........You surely have innovative ideas keep it up...

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      newusedcarssacram, it is great to have a calm place in the garden where not so much is going on and moss is very soothing. Thanks for the uplifting comment!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      theweaksend, Thank for the wonderful comment and I hope the moss will grow good!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      ytsenoh, I am so glad you liked this hub and I appreciate your comment! Moss can be so beautiful so it is worth nurturing.

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      ketage, I really hope your moss garden will look fantastic and I look forward to read your hub!

      Thanks for the comment and happy gardening!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      Dan Barfield, I am glad to share the idea of a moss garden and there are endless possibilities on how to use moss in the garden. Thanks for the comment!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      Kris Heeter, I wonder how the first person came up with the idea of testing buttermilk on moss:)

      Thanks for reading and for the comment,

      Tina

      Winchestery, a moss garden will look fabulous in a rock garden! Thanks for the positive comment,

      Tina

      iHelper, sany72, and sereseus, Thanks for reading and for taking the time to leave a comment! I appreciate it,

      Tina

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      Obreinfamily 4 years ago from florissant

      Never thought of this. Good idea.

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      Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you for this article, it is something I have never thought of. We have many shady areas in our garden where nothing really thrives and I am going to try this moss garden idea, I am sure it should make a big difference in our garden.

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      Erin 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow ;-)

      This was incredibly helpful to me as I plan to do a moss garden this year. Thank you so much for the insight. I wasn't sure which part of the yard to try but now think I have a better idea. ;-) I loved the pictures too!

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you very much CRe8tiVeLiFe, I wish you a great time in your garden!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      Hendrika, It sounds as if you have the perfect garden for a moss garden! I am so glad you found this article helpful and thanks for reading and for the comment!

      Tina

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      Obreinfamily, a moss garden is a special place in a garden. I hope you will try! Thanks,

      Tina

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      Chaudhury Shoaib 2 years ago

      I planned a moss garden in the shady part of my farmhouse near Dhaka and was looking for ideas. Your hub gave me all the ideas to start with. Many thanks for the informative article. Look forward for more specially on aquatic moss. Thanks again

      Regards

      Shoaib, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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      Christina Lornemark 2 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Chaudhury, I am so glad to know you got inspiration from this hub for your garden in Bangladesh and I will consider looking into how to grow aquatic moss. Thanks for the tips and I wish you good luck with your moss garden,

      Tina

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