Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Moss arrangements are timeless floral designs. These can be used year-round.
Moss covered Styrofoam is a classic floral design. These can assume many shapes. Depending on the container, these can be used for formal or informal purposes. They’re perfect for displaying on mantles. The container for these will get a lot of attention, so choose it with care.
Moss is often used to fill urns. It is the principal ingredient in special moss topiaries. You’ll find various kinds of moss are available. These include sheet moss as well as loose sphagnum moss and reindeer moss. In some cases, the mosses are natural colored. These tend to retain their color well provided they aren’t exposed to full sun in the home. In addition to natural colored moss, some mosses are dyed or tinted.
There is also natural moss that grows on top of the ground in shady places. In some gardens this is plentiful enough that clumps can be pulled by hand and used without damaging the garden. I wouldn’t encourage people to harvest moss anywhere other than their gardens. This should never be collected from the wild.
There is also Spanish moss, which hangs on live oak trees in the southern U.S. This can also be collected and used for floral designs.
Reindeer moss is a special kind that is collected and dried in Norway. It has been treated to make it fireproof. This is an off-white color, and is often seen in swags and wreaths.
While green or gray may be the natural colors of most mosses that you buy, dyed ones are available in a very wide range of colors. These can be most any color in the rainbow, including all sorts of blues and purples as well as
pinks, yellows, orange, reds, greens, and browns.
Though these unnatural tints are certainly not suitable for traditional floral arrangements, they have their place within certain styles or color schemes. I can visualize a kaleidoscope of futuristic style topiaries using non-traditional shades. I would combine one of the purple-tinted mosses with the purple fruited beauty berry or Callicarpa. The blues would look really nice for blue-toned winter topiaries. The pastel shades, such as pink and Williamsburg blue, could be used to fill dyed Easter egg shells for spring arrangements.