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  • Carpet Moss can be found and grown in virtually any zone and condition.
Carpet moss is rootless plants.

    Carpet Moss


    Carpet moss can be found and grown in virtually any zone and any condition.  Bloom Season - Carpet mosses that can bloom will do so from early summer, all the way up until the first frost (July thru early / mid-November)  Bloom...

  • Cushion moss will need to be watered often if the air is dry
Cushion moss is usually found in dry soil.

    Cushion Moss


    Cushion moss grows best in hardy zones 3-9   Bloom Color – It has seldom seen reddish-brown capsules that ripen in autumn. Height at Maturity – The dense clumps grow about 10 cm tall with a diameter ranging between several...

  • Fan clubmoss is also called Running Cedar and Ground cedar. Fan Clubmoss grows well in zones 4-9.

    Fan Clubmoss


    Fan Clubmoss - Running Cedar   Hardy Planting Zones -4 through 9  Bloom Season - Summer  Bloom Color - None  Height at Maturity - Less than six inches  Soil Type Preferred - Well drained acidic...

  • Fern Moss is an easy growing moss.
Fern Moss is low maintenance option for your garden.

    Fern Moss


      Fern moss has an appealing texture and looks like the miniature version of a fern.  However, some fern moss grows to be quite large. The plant grows in several countries and thrives best in rocky areas with shade, damp woodlands, and...

  • Garden moss is a thick and lush growing moss.
Garden moss grows best in shade areas.

    Garden Moss


    Garden Moss  Garden moss can grow in the USDA plant hardiness zones 3-9.  This means garden moss can grow in almost every area of the continental United States and parts of Hawaii. Certain types of moss can handle being in a hardiness zone as...

  • Ground Fern Moss  reach a maximum length of between 3 inches and 3.5 inches Ground Fern Moss  reach a maximum length of between 3 inches and 3.5 inches

    Ground Fern Moss


    Hardy Planting Zone- 3-9  Bloom Season - none  Bloom Color - none  Height at Maturity – 3 to 4 inches  Soil Type Preferred- high-moisture, low pH  Sun or Shade – partial...

  • Peat Moss Peat moss is a good shade growing moss.

    Peat Moss


    Hardy Planting Zone- Peat moss grows best in USDA climate zone 3- 9 Height at Maturity – The moss plant can grow 6 inches high with a 3-inch width Soil Type Preferred- Does well in wet soil  Sun or Shade – Grows well in low...

  • Rock Cap Moss is clumping thick moss.
Rock Cap Moss uses its leaves to absorb water and nutrients

    Rocky Cap Moss


    Rock cap moss is a type of moss that is commonly found in the Northern hemisphere.   Places like North America, Mexico, New Zealand, and even Australia are where rock cap moss can be found. Rock cap moss is a beautiful, dark green plant found on...

  • Sheet moss  is a versatile plant species that provides a unique form of ground cover that adds a whimsical and charming appearance to your woodland garden setting. Sheet moss can survive in acidic soils in which most other plants cannot survive.

    Sheet Moss


    Sheet Moss    Hardy Planting Zone- Sheet moss cultivates well in USDA hardiness zones 3-9 Height at Maturity – The height of a mature moss ranges between 6 and 24 inches, with a 4 to 36-inch width Soil Type Preferred- Thrives in...

  • Sphagnum Peat Moss Sphagnum Peat Moss can survive in any environment.

    Sphagnum Peat Moss


    Hardy Planting Zone-Native to wetlands in the northern hemisphere, the sphagnum moss is a hardy plant. This species of moss typically grows in bogs or wetland areas. Add sphagnum peat moss to any plant's soil to enrich soil nutrient and water content...

  • Terrarium Moss

    Terrarium Moss


    Terrarium moss is commonly grown and harvested from the wet and woodsy outdoors.   It does not have a hardy plant zone because of its wild nature. Moss is a bryophyte which means it is a non-vascular land plant. It does not have vessels within it...

  • Thudium Moss is also known as Fern Moss
Thudium Moss is best grown in zones 3-8

    Thudium Moss


    Thudium moss is a stunning green color and is under 3 feet at maturity.  However, the plant can grow up to one foot in 12 months. The moss grows best when grown in hardiness zones 3-9 and is an ideal ground cover. The plant stems are about 3.5...

Mosses For Areas of Shade

There exist at least 12,000 different species of the moss plant. Some of them, to mention a few, include the Cushion Moss (Leucobryum Glaucum), Sheet Moss (Hypnum Curvifolium), and the Carpet Moss (Hypnum), amongst others.

These plants are famously described as the species that carpet the forest floors. Mosses are found worldwide, commonly in damp and shady areas, except in areas with salty water.

Based on their ecology, mosses in different states are being used for various purposes for economic gain. For example, you can use it to release nutrients that the most complex plants need. Other uses include; breaking down exposed substrata and being useful in the nutrient and water economy of some unique vegetation kinds. These plants also aid in soil erosion control and the formation of peat.

Let us look deeper into the uses of this plant in the enhancement of a garden:

Garden Conservation With Moss


One of the purposes of a garden is to support water sources' preservation and the vegetation around them. Moss gardens attract lush green topiaries and correct evergreen ground covers.

Mosses reduce the need for water in a garden and the need for fertilizer in growth. Thus it helps in the conservation effort; since chemical fertilizers are used, it usually finds its way into the ground and joins the water streams under it. As you can see, the chemicals pollute water sources and cause harm to surround plants that consume the contaminated water.

Having Clean Air Due To Moss


The existence of moss, for example, sheet moss, can significantly determine surrounding air quality. Mosses can help rid the air of common pollutants, including Sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and CFCs.

Most of these pollutants come from combustion engines in manufacturing industries as well as motor vehicles. Moss growing in your garden means that you are more likely to have cleaner air owing to its air purification characteristic.

If a lawn is of carpet moss, it does away with the need for maintenance using a gasoline-powered mower because mosses do not have to be mowed. That is helpful because lawnmowers pollute the environment and destabilize moisture levels.

When it comes to indoor gardens, mosses help regulate the humidity levels between 40 and 60 percent in a room. Moss can absorb moisture in the air when it is high and release it when it is low.

Viruses like influenza spread more easily when humidity levels drop substantially. During such a time, moss walls can help the indoor spaces maintain humidity levels that do not promote the spread of diseases like influenza.

Furthermore, moss also cleans pathogen particles floating in the air, thus protecting humans from disease-causing micro-organisms.

Soil Erosion Control and Flood Mitigation

Moss also prevents soil erosion from the ground, so the soil is not washed away during heavy rains. Moss uses negligible nutrients, so the earth remains rich in nutrients.

Soil erosion leaves the ground to be very poor in soil nutrition. We see how mosses are very helpful in soil erosion control and preserving the richness of the land. A moss plant has rhizoids that anchor it to the soil. This anchorage helps control soil erosion in areas prone to flooding or extreme wind activity.

All the benefits mentioned above of mosses are what make them an eco-friendly choice for our gardens. It is low-maintenance and gives back so much more, and all add up to a better environment.

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