Escape into a lush and tranquil realm, reminiscent of a forest floor, where mosses flourish and mushrooms sprout.
Designate this textural garden as an ideal place to display a few geological treasures, gathered on a trip or saved for special memories they hold.
Set the planter in a shady spot where the mosses will thrive, given consistent moisture. Set the basin on a tabletop or bring the garden closer to eye level by putting it on a pedestal.
- Concrete birdbath (with separate basin and pedestal)
- Pea gravel
- Moisture-retentive crystals
- Potting mix (that contains fertilizer)
- Geodes and decorative stones
- Decorative mushrooms and other ornaments
- Clover (Trifolium spp.) -- on the left
- Log moss (Neckera complanata) -- in the center
- Club moss/trailing spikemoss (Selaginella kraussiana) -- on the top right
- Cover the bottom of the birdbath basin with a 1-inch layer of pea gravel.
- Blend moisture-retentive crystals with potting mix, according to package directions. Fill the basin with potting mix, mounding it up to 4 inches above the rim.
- Cover the mound with a blanket of fresh log moss and a sprig of clover, if desired. Leave room to plant the club moss (or trailing spikemoss).
- Place decorative rocks, ornamental mushrooms, and other natural-looking accents here and there, nestling them into the moss so they won't tumble out.
- Use club moss as an accent planting, positioning it behind the large geode.
- Shower the garden regularly to keep it moist, green, and lush.
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