Moss rules in our Pacific Northwest garden. Just about anything left out long enough will begin to take on a patina of moss, like this tufa trough planted with sempervivums. I have tried other things in this trough, but this is what’s happy here, and I finally decided to stop fighting it.
In back of the house, where the cedar trees provide shade most of the day, moss is choking out the grass. Fine with me: no mowing, a lovely shade of yellow-green, and walking on it with bare feet is a spongy delight.
In fact, I like the stuff so much I even plant it. The above is spike moss, or Selaginella krauseanna ‘Aurea’, which spreads rather slowly (note to self: buy more). Many plugs of Irish moss planted in other beds are beginning to merge into a plush carpet.
Capturing a rare ray of sunlight, the new leaves of Epimedium x warleyense fairly glow against the natural mulch from the cedar trees.
Lacy leaves of Aguilegia ‘Swallowtail’ columbine.
Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ is looking uncharacteristically healthy, but failed to hold on to it’s dark coloring.
On the other hand, Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ is reliably colorful year after year. Soon enough, the acid green “flowers” will cover them all and they will all look the same…that’s why I like them best about now.
The bare branches of this neighbors’ tree start deep ocher near the ground and gradually morph into flaming orange twigs reaching for the sky.
Speaking of morphing, the Thuja occidentalis ‘Golden Tuffett’ takes on a dusting of coppery tones in the cold of winter, then reverts to solid gold when things warm up.
Did this taste of March foliage whet your appetite? Pam can introduce you to much, much more.
I’m jealous that your Spike Moss (Selaginella krauseanna ‘Aurea’) is still happy. I’ve tried three times, all three dead.
Loree~But you should see the poor state of my one in-ground agave.
I hope my little thuja does the same thing with color and isn’t just dead! Love your euphorbia. My ‘rudolph” is making some very interesting flowers. Didn’t see them last year b/c they looked so horrible from the show I cut it down. This year, it’s been just going and going.
A trough and entire lawn of moss sound delightfully cool, especially in summer. Lucky you! I love euphorbias too and am hoping ‘Ascot Rainbow’ will prove happy during our summers; I’m giving it a try. ‘Blackbird’ sure wasn’t, sadly. Thanks for joining in for Foliage Follow-Up!
Yep. I’ve got moss on everything too. And yep. ‘Blackbird’ reverted and ‘Ascot Rainbow’ rocks. Great post!
Wendy~I don’t know ‘rudolph’. Oh no…another Euphorbia to seek out.
Pam~Lucky with moss, agaves…not so much.
Grace~Good thing the moss is so pretty!
Yes, Moss is King this month and it’s a facet of Oregon I love.
Jane~I’ll take it…everywhere but between my toes.
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