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Moss, The Perfect Landscaping Addition

Moss, The Perfect Landscaping Addition

How Moss Can be Used In Landscape Gardens
Mosses are one of the great misunderstood plants of our time. Too many people see them as eyesores, not realizing all the fun, creative and downright mesmerizing ways that you can use them to accentuate your gardens or re-invent your landscape.

If you’re interested in something new and exciting for your lawn, here are a few topical applications for nature’s green friend!
Shade Cover

Struggling to keep your begonias alive in the sunlight? Give them some much-needed shade in the form of garden mosses. You can grow them in the ground, in hanging bowls or even on the side of your house for a touch of the “wild” look.
Fun Shapes and Designs

Topiary statues are an art form, and with a great idea and a little skill, you can transform any hunk of moss into a one-of-a-kind outdoor ornament. Artists around the world have turned mosses into everything from animal sculptures to life-sized labyrinths!
Replacement Grass

Have you ever wondered why mosses are so prevalent in nature? It’s because they’re erosion resistant, meaning their soil retains a lot of moisture and stays richly hydrated and packed with life-giving nutrients. So if there are patches of your lawn suffering from dull, dead grass, mosses will cure the problem efficiently and naturally!
Zen Gardens

Most people think of niwaki when planting a zen garden, but cushion and hair-cap mosses are the real sources of their iconic look. Section off an area of your yard with pretty stones, flowing green mosses and maybe a pond or two for a slice of Japanese tranquility right at home.
Ground Coverings

Moss mats are a great way to punch up your yard or frame your walkways. They’re soft, perfect for bare feet and summer fun, and their vibrant green color will make the ground absolutely pop. Best of all, they’re ridiculously low maintenance: You won’t need to mow, rake or fertilize them, so just plant them and watch them grow.
Accenting Trees

If you have a large or wooded area for a backyard, consider using tree moss to accent your faithful redwoods and crabapples. Not only will they give your land a picturesque woodland look, but certain types of tree mosses are proving to have medicinal qualities!
These are just a few ways you can use everyday mosses to completely transform your garden. In truth, the possibilities are endless, so quit fighting nature and trying to tame the mosses in your life. Use them as a beautiful decoration instead!

Forsythia Shrubs

Forsythia Shrubs

When the garden hybrid, the Forsythia was first discovered, there were two major species, the Forsythia Vridissima and the Forsythia Suspensa. Robert Fortune, a Scottish plant-hunter, discovered the Forsythia Vridissma, in a garden of Chusan, before he ever even saw it growing wild in the mountains of Zhejiang. When brought in from the Far East they landed in Western gardens, and played an important part of gardens as a shrub. A Westerner, first noticed the Forsythia Suspensa. When Carl Peter Thunberg, a botanist-surgeon, saw the Forsythia in a Japanese garden, he classed it as a lilac, this was in 1794. The Forsythia was brought into Holland by 1833. This lovely plant could be found at a nursery in England at Veitch Nurseries, and was still considered a rare species. These plants were first grown mostly hanging over retaining walls. In 1861, there was an erect form of Forsythia discovered in Peking, they called this species: Forsythia Fortunei. European gardens had been proudly overtaken by the Forsythia Vridissma. The Forsythia x Intermedia, is a hybrid of the Forsythia Suspensa and Virdissima, it was brought into Europe in 1880. Budding of the Vridissma and the Suspensa, gave birth to the Intermedia. Further species were discovered during the time of World War I, in China. Forsythia Giraldian was discovered in 1910 in Gansu, and Forsythia Ovata was discovered by seed in Korea, by E.H.”Chinese” Wilson. Both of these species have been very helpful as parents for the American Species of modern times. The Forysthia Variabilis was produced by combining the Forysthia Ovata and Forysthia Suspensa. In Chinese herbology, the Forsythia Suspensa, is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs. There is a Korean string instrument called Ajaeng, that contains Forsythia branches, that are used as a bow for this instrument. The Forsythia Shrubs are a popular spring flowering shrub, often times seen in parks and gardens. The most common spring blooming shrubs are the Intermedia and the Suspensa, these both are full of beautiful yellow flowers. These are both known for their durabilty. The Intermedia is grown for the upright growing pattern and the very deep colored flowers, while the Suspensa is a larger shrub, that is usually more commonly grown for growing an banks or over fences, because its more of a weeping shrub, it also has a paler yellow flower. Often times, the Forsythia is forced in the early spring to flower. Usually, professional growers use woody cuttings for propagation. Cuttings are normally taken late spring through early summer, although, sometimes the cuttings can be taken between November and February. Often times, gardeners do a common and easy trick, by placing a brick on a low hanging branch on the ground, then it roots, then you cut it from the parent plant, and dig it up, now you have another plant. The Forsythia really brightens up the spring landscape, with its bright yellow “Golden Bells”, which is a common name given to this outstanding garden shrub. The Forsythia was said to cure a disease that caused death, in the movie ‘Contagion’. The Forsythia was also a part of the love story, by Alice Munro, ‘The Love of a Good Woman”. The Forsythia Shrubs are a very deciduous shrub hardy to zone 5. As noted earlier, the Forsythia blooms in early spring, and they have flowers, before they have leaves. The Forsythia Intermedia, is commonly referred to as ‘Sunrise’, because of its arching branches, its spread out like a big sun. Surprisingly, this variety is more compact than some others, it grows about 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide. If the Forsythia is not properly pruned, it starts to get out of control, and wild looking. You can shape your Forsythia, if you so choose, by frequent pruning. These plants grow best in a well drained soil and full sun. If you would like to create a beautiful property boundary, you can plant the Border Forsythia, its serves as a beautiful property separation, and its a good hedge for privacy, they are often referred to as a “living wall”. The Forsythia can also be used to help control erosion around your home and on slopes in your yard. The Forsythia is a delight to every garden.

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