Moss is the ultimate woodland garden plant. Arrange a lush centerpiece inspired by nature for enjoyment indoors or out, where it will invite appreciation up close.

By BH&G Garden Editors
Updated August 08, 2019

This low-growing moss garden idea brings the intrigue of a forest floor to a table, where the details can be viewed from all sides. Appearing as if Mother Nature composed it, the scaled-down woodland garden scene is assembled around a piece of driftwood with added layers of natural elements. It will last for months indoors or out when placed in indirect light.

diy tabletop woodland garden
Credit: Kritsada Panichgul

Supplies Required

  • Tray
  • Preserved moss
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks or floral adhesive
  • Driftwood
  • Moss ribbon
  • Dried lichen
  • Tree fern pot
  • Plants (we used air plant, fern, violet, begonia, Peperomia, Pilea, and Chinese primrose)
  • Florist's wire
  • Spanish moss
  • Miniature accessories, such as dried seedpods, pinecones, and tiny figurines
  • Florist's clay
preserved moss covered tray with glue gun
Credit: Kritsada Panichgul

Step 1: Cover Tray With Preserved Moss

Cover a metal or plastic tray with sheets of preserved moss to make a watertight base for your tabletop moss garden. Conceal the edges of the tray with bits of moss, holding the moss in place with dabs of hot glue or floral adhesive.

moss wrapped diftwood blue glue gun and scissor
Credit: Kritsada Panichgul

Step 2: Wrap Driftwood

Enhance the earthiness of the driftwood by attaching lengths of moss or moss ribbon and dried lichen here and there. Moss ribbon comes on a spool; it consists of moss affixed to a woven base.

small plant small tree fern pot with needle nose plyers
Credit: Kritsada Panichgul

Step 3: Transfer Plants

Before adding a plant to your tabletop garden, transplant a small specimen into a tree fern pot. The fibrous container will provide a well-draining home for a plant with a small root ball. Alternatively, wrap the plant's root ball with moss and florist's wire, or wrap its nursery pot with moss, using hot glue to secure it. Cover any bare soil of potted plants with Spanish moss.

miniature wood accessories woodland garden
Credit: Kritsada Panichgul

Step 4: Add Accessories

Add miniature accessories in scale with the plants to complete the illusion of a woodland garden. Use a pinch of florist's clay to attach a cone, seedpod, and tiny frog or other figurines to the driftwood of the mini moss garden.

Comments (1)

August 16, 2018
How do you care for a garden of this type or a moss tabletop garden? How often should it be watered? Or should it be sprayed? Fed?