“Moss it!”, is my favorite expression these days. I’m talking about beautiful natural green moss that has become one of my go-to styling secrets. Moss gives any potted plant more  of a finished look. It also helps keeps plants from drying out too quickly.

The beauty of moss (other than the color) is that it’s so versatile, easy to use, and best of all, it’s free. If your backyard is like mine, we’re unintentionally growing moss in most of the shady areas. I wish the moss was grass, but as far as I’m concerned, as long as it’s lush and green – I’m good with it. The moss harvested from my backyard is thinner than the thicker, chunkier variety I’ve found in our neighboring woods. So depending on what I want to moss, I’ll seek out just the right kind.

To get started, choose the greenest, cleanest section of moss, and carefully peel back and pull up in one big piece or sheet. If it breaks apart, don’t worry, you will end up piecing it anyway. Fill your bucket with layers of the green stuff, and be sure to keep it moist.

A plastic potted hyacinth gets popped into a container with a plastic liner – and “Moss it!”

Multiple potted plants for Mother’s Day? Tuck them all into a larger basket or container, stuff the empty areas with crumpled newspaper, and “Moss it!”

Take a vintage tureen, fill it with oasis, and “Moss it!”

Topiaries….well you know.

Key thing to keep in mind: Keep it moist. A water spray bottle always comes in handy.

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

Love, Nora




  • Cecilia Staunton says:
    June 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm Reply

    I love using moss as an accent and also by itself! I have pictures on Pinterest that I would like to try, like covering a an old chair frame with moss etc. Its important to note that while moss is lovely and seems to be everywhere it is by no means fast growing so while harvesting keep that in mind. Also, one should harvest from their own property and not public woodland areas like parks and walking trails. Also if one does not have their own to harvest it is readily available on the web at sites like massacres.com who carry several types of very cool moss to transplant or use in containers.

  • Cecilia Staunton says:
    June 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm Reply

    mossacres.com not massacres.com, geesh!

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